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Made In Dagenham

comedy, drama


Based on the 1968 strike at the Ford Dagenham car plant, in which 850 female workers walked out in protest of sexual discrimination.

Rotten Tomatoes® scores

  • Critic Score
    80%
  • Audience Score
    75%

common sense

ON for kids age 16
Consumerism
1 out of 5
Drinking, drugs, & smoking
2 out of 5
Language
4 out of 5
Positive messages
4 out of 5
Positive role models
4 out of 5
Sex
3 out of 5
Violence
2 out of 5

Uplifting tale of fight for equal pay; strong language.

what parents need to know

Parents need to know that though this film is rated R, based on occasional vulgar language ("f--k" in numerous forms, "bollocks," "arse," "s--t'), and one short sexual encounter (shot from the shoulders up; participants are clothed), it is an educational and entertaining look back at a courageous period in the history of women's rights. Set in England, the working class dialect may be hard for an American audience to understand in some scenes, but it most likely will not impact the viewer's general grasp of the story. One secondary character has a violent dream and then commits suicide off camera. His feet are seen swaying above the floor as his wife screams upon discovering him. Assorted women of all shapes and sizes remove their shirts and work in their bras in an uncomfortably warm factory. Many characters smoke frequently and there is some drinking and drunkenness when the workers unwind in local bars.

what families can talk about

  • Families can talk about how times have changed or haven't changed with respect to women earning equal pay for equal work. Find out what statistics show nearly half a century later about male versus female earnings in the United States and Britain?
  • Three very different women were profiled in this film: a woman working in a factory, an educated stay-at-home mom, and a powerful politician. What did the film show that they all had in common? Were these women stereotypes, or did they challenge stereotypes instead?
  • The fim features a lot of drinking and smoking. Does it make a difference to you that the movie is set in a time when smoking was more common? What are the effects of watching smoking and drinking onscreen?

movie reviews from Rotten Tomatoes®

  • Tomatometer®

    80%
    reviews counted: 20
    see all Made In Dagenham reviews
  • Audience

    75%

Top Critic Reviews

Fresh: A spirited look -- well written, beautifully acted, full of uplift -- at lovably cheeky heroines on the march for a little respect.

- Amy Biancolli, Houston Chronicle, Friday, January 7, 2011

Rotten: One of those gang-of-gals movies full of bicycles, reggae songs, underwear shots and scenes of emotional growth.

- Andrew O'Hehir, Salon.com, Tuesday, November 23, 2010

Fresh: In "Dagenham," the filmmaker applies just the right pressure in examining why paying someone a fair wage, no matter their gender, shouldn't be all that difficult to agree to. Harrumph.

- Betsy Sharkey, Los Angeles Times, Thursday, November 18, 2010

Audience Reviews

2 stars

Solid cast - Sally Hawkins and Bob Hoskins - but this film's beginning is brutally boring, and in all it's too didactic, moving slowly and belabouring most plot points. The subject matter is important, and it's not without it's moments, but the dialogue is clunky and poorly written, veering dangerously close to Movie of the Week territory by times.

- danperry17, Saturday, September 8, 2012

2 stars

Solid cast - Sally Hawkins and Bob Hoskins - but this film's beginning is brutally boring, and in all it's too didactic, moving slowly and belabouring most plot points. The subject matter is important, and it's not without it's moments, but the dialogue is clunky and poorly written, veering dangerously close to Movie of the Week territory by times.

- danperry17, Saturday, September 8, 2012

3 stars

I saw all but the very end of this (had to return to library and ran out of time to finish it). I don't feel like I really need to have seen it all. This is quite a predictable movie, I am sure I could take a guess how it ended! It's actually a little dull, though it has good performances and I enjoyed the 60's setting and outfits. Nice enough film to watch, but nothing exciting.

- romy861, Saturday, May 19, 2012