Their Finest (2016) Thursday, 16 July 2020

Their Finest (2016)

Additional Info

  • Rating:

    M: Mature themes, sex scene and coarse language.

  • The pitch:

    She's mustard.

  • Starring:

    Gemma Arterton, Sam Claflin, Bill Nighy, Jack Huston, Paul Ritter, Rachael Stirling, Richard E. Grant, Henry Goodman, Jake Lacy, Jeremy Irons, Eddie Marsan, Helen McCrory

  • Directed by:

    Lone Scherfig

  • Running time:

    117 minutes

  • Rated:

    M (Australia), 12A (UK), R (USA)


    A man is crushed beneath scaffolding, a woman's home is destroyed in a raid. Bombing raids (blasts heard, falling debris, smoke, mass property damage, burning objects, deaths). Military soldiers, aircraft, vehicles, ships (some theatrical). Workers produce bullets in a propoganda war film, swastikas seen. Film scenes show people being shot/dying from injuries. Yelling/arguing. Getting bombed, bombing, shelling, strafing, Dunkirk, the Blitz, Hitler, parachute bomb mentioned. Blood/gore: Corpses (bloodied/burned). Bloody clothing, head. A man identifies his friend/colleague's corpse. Morgue full of bodies under sheets on tables. Hospital setting (patients in hospital beds, IV drips). Dead sheep's head (dog food). Slash on the bicep, leaking spleen, hundreds of thousands dead (Dunkirk) mentioned.


    A couple has bedroom sex. Kissing, hugging, flirting. Topless woman (breasts mostly obscured), shirtless men. Infidelity. Carnal knowledge, intercourse, erotic proposition mentioned. A woman tells her dog to stop licking his balls in public.


    Alcohol (champagne, beer, spirits, wine). Smoking (cigarettes, pipe). Pub setting.


    F-words, a-word, bloody. Name-calling (stooge, bully, drunk, belligerent, old maids, spy, squalid, stupid, fool, disgusting, etc). Religious exclamations (for God's sake, for Christ's sake, God bless, Jesus, ungodly, etc).


    Filmmaking, propoganda war films, British cinema, World War II, screenwriting, film production, romance, infidelity, death, grief, opportunity, cinema-going, marriage, betrayal, rewrites, workplace equality, morale, actors, agents.


    Relationship breakup, infidelity, dead friends/brother/colleague/lover. Dead uncle, invalid wife, dead grandson, dead father, dead landlady mentioned. Dogs. Vomiting. Brief German (subtitles). Adapted from Their Finest Hour and a Half by Lissa Evans.


    Charming, rousing, sentimental, warm, feminist, breezy, entertaining, heart-tugging, affecting, enjoyable, delightful, old-fashioned, infectious, crowd-pleasing. Top-notch/strong British cast, scene-stealing/wry/self-mocking performance by Bill Nighy, believable/clean/bright depiction of wartime London, handsome production design, swoon-worthy score.


    Contrived tragedy, hits familiar rom-com notes.

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