"Military Shenanigans on the British Homefront"
What You Need To Know:
QUEEN AND COUNTRY has some funny moments, but it struggles to find a strong, cohesive plot. The most offensive content comes in the form of sexual promiscuity and language with plenty of British curse words used and some scenes with partial nudity. There is also a fair amount of smoking. QUEEN AND COUNTRY is excessive and unacceptable for children and media-wise viewers.
(PaPa, B, P, AC, Ho, LLL, V, SS, NN, D, MM) Strong pagan worldview where physical pleasures are a main goal of characters, characters have little or no concern for morality, but characters face consequences for some of their immoral behavior, plus British Army is fighting against communism and there’s an implied homosexual character; approximately 44 profanities or obscenities, slang term used for homosexuals, man called a virgin multiple times, references to male and female private parts, sex jokes; two brief fistfights; graphically depicted sex with partial nudity, implied sex between multiple unmarried couples, pictures of syphilis briefly shown, groping of breast; upper female nudity, upper male nudity while swimming, brief rear female nudity; several scenes with cigarette smoking; and, strong miscellaneous immorality such as married woman had an affair in the past, soldier suggests murdering commanding officer, soldier steals sports car but returns it, characters blame hardships of war for their immoral sexual behavior instead of taking responsibility themselves, soldiers break numerous army rules and make fun of superiors, lying to superior officers, soldiers spy on girls to try and catch them undressing.
QUEEN AND COUNTRY serves as the sequel to Filmmaker John Boorman’s acclaimed, autobiographical 1987 movie HOPE AND GLORY, where 9-year-old Bill Rohan celebrates the accidental destruction of his school by a rogue German bomb in World War II. Now, Bill is grown and is conscripted into the British army during the Korean War, obligated to serve the mandatory two years. He enters basic training and quickly makes friends with his firecracker bunkmate, Percy.
Bill and Percy eventually achieve officer’s rank and are put in charge of training the uncoordinated conscripted outcasts in the discipline of typing. Much to their pupils’ delight, they take their job only half-seriously and do what they can to undermine the authority of their nitpicky commanding officer, Bradley, who’s bent on finding a reason to court-martial them.
While waiting out the remainder of their service, Bill falls in love with a high-society mystery woman who refuses to tell him her real name. He calls her Ophelia and does his best to woo her, but she’s involved with someone else. Percy unsuccessfully pursues Sophie, a hospital nurse who eventually begins dating Bill once Percy lands in military prison for stealing the officers’ dining room clock. Ophelia is later revealed to be a member of the royal family as she’s seen onstage during the coronation of Queen Elizabeth. Forced to grow up, Bill tries to make amends with Bradley before leaving the service and committing to a new love.
QUEEN AND COUNTRY is not a typical military movie as it focuses on the daily mundane life of an army camp and remains on the home front during the war. The only battle scenes are those between the officers themselves as they repeatedly clash in command styles and military values. While there are some funny moments, the movie struggles to find a strong, cohesive plot. In the end, it’s nearly impossible to determine what the whole thing means if not just a string of shallow love scenes intermingled with some military shenanigans. Toward the end, there’s a scene set in a military hospital that seems to attempt a message of anti-war politics, but it feels out of place with the rest of the movie’s tone.
Violence plays a small role with only a couple of brief fistfights. The most offensive content comes in the form of sexual promiscuity and language. There are short moments of upper female nudity and full back nudity, along with depicted and implied fornication. The foul language is quite plentiful with strong use of British curse words especially. Smoking is seen fairly often, though one would expect it from a movie set in this time period.
Ultimately, QUEEN AND COUNTRY is excessive and unacceptable for children and media-wise viewers.