SYNOPSIS: It’s Christmas in 1183, and Henry II, King of England, is locked in a battle of wits with his wife Eleanor of Aquitaine over which of their sons will succeed him as king. Henry has had Eleanor locked away in favor of Alais, a French princess whom he would like to marry. Eleanor has other ideas, and while she and Henry try to outmaneuver each other, their three sons scheme and intrigue over the throne.
LANGUAGE: None to speak of; a few exclamatory oaths.
SMOKING/DRINKING: There may be depictions of drinking.
SEX: None. Both Eleanor and Henry recall their past as lusty lovers, and Henry is driven by his sexual desires, but those things are talked about, not enacted.
VIOLENCE: None—talked about and threatened, but no violence occurs.
FOR WHICH AUDIENCES? As a fascinating glimpse into historical figures, The Lion in Winter is suitable for all audiences, including children aged ten and older. Younger children might be bored by it.
RATING: The movie version of The Lion in Winter would be rated “PG.”