The Other Boleyn Girl

The Other Boleyn Girl

DVD - 2008
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Anne Boleyn is a doe-eyed vixen who is ordered by her power-hungry uncle to bewitch King Henry VIII. Her shy sister Mary has always been in Anne's shadow. Anne is prettier, more accomplished, and desired by many men. So when the King picks Mary as his mistress, Anne turns on her sister and schemes to become not only the King's consort, but his new queen. Though the Boleyn girls' mother points out that her 'daughters are being traded like cattle for the advancement of men,' it is Anne who ultimately throws her slight weight around to bully Henry into doing her bidding.

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andreajesse
Feb 16, 2020

Any story of Henry VIII is inherently interesting and filled with drama. This film offers a twist that we haven't seen before. It seems Anne Boleyn had a sister who lost her head to Henry in a different way. As the film would have it, sister Mary fell hard for the king and bore him a the son he wanted, but he was a bastard son. In walks Anne who turns everything upside down insisting that Henry marry her which means a break with the Catholic Church (the rules were rather strict back then). And Henry is indeed smitten, even obsessed with the beguiling Anne. But, could she bear him a son? Once married, her charms were of little consequence. Now she was a baby maker. The Boleyn girls have an overly ambitious father who is willing to pimp out his daughters. This is unsavory, but it doesn't end there. There is more distasteful behavior to come. This is a well-made movie with an all-star cast including Natalie Portman and Scarlett Johansson in the lead roles. It's a highly watchable history lesson, though one has to wonder about the accuracies in the story considering all this took place 500 years ago. The film makes room for poetic/dramatic license.

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iloveseaotters
May 20, 2019

I should say that I'm reviewing this movie as someone who has read the book, so my review might be a bit biased. The one thing I didn't like about this movie was that the story line is so backwards from the book to the point where it really didn't make any sense. In the book, Anne turns into someone who I began to loathe and I wanted to smack her at several points. But this movie embraces her and makes you feel sorry for her whether you want to or not. I liked the casting of Scarlett Johansson as Mary but perhaps they should have picked someone other than Natalie Portman to be Anne, although both actresses did a good job with what they were given. It's not a bad movie and it moved along fairly quickly. Most of it was what I expected, but had I not read the book before hand, I might have liked this movie a lot more.

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ThomasJWhiting
Jan 08, 2019

VERY GOOD 2008 film about Boleyn sisters and their relations with King Henry VIII. This is a nicely dramatic film - but apparently (according to reviews) it does contain a large dose of historical inaccuracy; guess that's film making for you.

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Nooksack20
Jan 02, 2018

Not a particularly good movie unless you are a fan of this period in European history.

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liliianna
Nov 25, 2017

I've always been fascinated with Henry VIII and this movie did not disappoint! The history was a bit off and a tad lacking, but I loved the costumes, settings and cast. Very good movie if you like historical dramas!

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janetw11
May 04, 2017

UGH! I remembered this as being better when I saw it on the big screen.

Cas22 Jan 11, 2016

What a fabulous movie this was! Even though I had read the book on which the film was based, and knew the plot, I remained riveted to the screen from beginning to end. The performances from all actors were superb and the sumptuous costumes and dramatic interiors provided a feast for the eyes.

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DesLi
Nov 09, 2015

Although many stars, not entertaining at all! No depth! Pick other movies.

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DreDre
Mar 12, 2015

The storyline was weak, it was hard to follow and the acting was not good either. I did not enjoy the movie.

7duffy Mar 12, 2015

Nicely presented period piece. I have no idea if it is historically correct. Eric Bana was good as Henry the VII (pre-weight gain), Johansson & Portman were effective as the Boleyn girls, but sometimes it seemed that ScarJo's accent was over pronounced and Natalie's didn't exist. Kind of inconsistent. It made them look like they were in a bad episode of Game of Thrones at times.

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May 20, 2011

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May 03, 2011

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Mar 29, 2009

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Monolith
Sep 25, 2012

Sir Thomas Boleyn: "To get ahead in this world, you need more than fair looks and a kind heart."

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varaidzo89
May 20, 2011

Anne's mother:Observe the ladies of the court. See how they achieve what they want from their men, not by stamping their little feet but by allowing the men to believe that they, indeed, are in charge.

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varaidzo89
May 20, 2011

Katherine: You want me to creep away and become a nun?
Well, i shall not.
You want me to lie before God and admit that my first marriage was consummated?
Well, it was not.
You want me to retire and give up my daughter's claim as sole rightful heir to the throne?
Well, i shall not.
Not in a thousand years.
Not if you rack me to within an inch of my life.
I am Katherine, Queen of England..........

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varaidzo89
May 20, 2011

Katherine: So.......the Boleyn whores. Two former ladies of mine. What have did i do to upset you that you should turn against me like this?
Anne: You failed to give England an heir.
Katherine: And that upsets you so?

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NanaPat
Apr 02, 2011

" When did ambition turn from a sin to virtue ." Lady Elizabeth Boleyn.

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Ron@Ottawa
Jul 25, 2014

Violence: A couple of beheading scenes, though the actual bloodshed is off the screening.

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NanaPat
Apr 02, 2011

Sexual Content: A brief scene where King Henry rapes Ann Boleyn/

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NanaPat
Apr 02, 2011

Violence: I consider the abusive treatment of women in this film ( time period) a form of psychologically graphic violence.

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NanaPat
Apr 02, 2011

This movie was based on the best selling novel of the same name.
A tale of intrigue,romance and betrayal. The Boleyn sisters are forced to advance their familie's position in court by seducing King Henry of England. In the process of helping their family , the sisters become rivals and much heartache follows. The era had no respect for women and the film is a strong reminder of the truth behind the seemingly over worked statement : " you've come a long way, baby"

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