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The Other Boleyn Girl

the 2008 film starring Natalie Portman

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"I am Henry the eighth I am, Henry the eighth I am, I am"*

  • Sep 5, 2008
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Seeing that this movie is from a novel based on historical events, the general gist of the story may not be unfamiliar to most, although the accuracy of some of the content may be debatable.

Short Attention Span Summary (SASS):

1. Henry VIII (Eric Bana) was a handsome, hunky, hunka hunka burnin' love
2. Anne Boleyn (Natalie Portman) and her sister Mary (Scarlett Johansson) were babelicious babes
3. Married Henry didn't have an heir, so he wanted to pick up a spare
4. Sir Thomas Boleyn had tons of ambition and a couple of daughters to spare
5. Henry picks up the wrong one, who might have turned out to be the right one, if not for ....
6. ... the other Boleyn girl
7. Abstinence can make the heart grow fonder but befuddles the brain
8. The lady may have been in waiting, but the King wasn't
9. By George! I think she's done it
10. Off with her head!

Warning to students: Quoting the above in History class may be detrimental to your grades.

More hysterical drama than historical drama, this movie seems more "Desperate Housewives" than period piece, but there's no denying that the costumes and sets are stunning, and the lead actors and actresses simply amazing, despite the lack of the proper accents.

I'm going to vote for the entertainment factor here.

Amanda Richards

(*from the song by Herman's Hermits)

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April 03, 2009
I love that song and I sing it (as far as I am concerned) with a perfect British accent!
April 03, 2009
Care for a duet?
More The Other Boleyn Girl reviews
review by . September 02, 2009
   I have not read the book by this same title. Nor have I watched any of the popular Tudor's series of late.      I don't know what's worse...watching a film that is beautiful in scenery, costume and acting not knowing what the outcome will be and hoping for the best, or knowing and having the impotent sense of horror as you watch it all unfold. The film starts with "Mr." Boleyn offering his girls to the highest bidder...more or less. Anne (Natalie Portman), …
review by . March 13, 2009
The Other Boleyn Girl
Much has been written about this turbulent time in English history, the reign of Henry VIII, when the English Court changed course, breaking from the Roman Church in order to dissolve Henry's marriage to Katherine of Aragon, who could not bear a living heir to the throne.      The fortunes of the great aristocratic families, who fill the courts and fawn upon the King, are immensely enriched when they gain the King's favor and attention. Comely as a young king, Henry VIII is accustomed …
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I write reviews for a hobby. Most of my reviews are short and to the point, on account of my short attention span. I try to make my reviews both informative and entertaining, and sometimes I succeed. … more
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