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The 2008 adaptation of [[Literature/TheOtherBoleynGirl the novel]], ''The Other Boleyn Girl'' shows a dramatized version of the events around UsefulNotes/{{Henry VIII}}'s marriage to his first and second wives and his affair with Mary Boleyn.

The plot revolves around the two Boleyn sisters UsefulNotes/AnneBoleyn (Creator/NataliePortman) and Mary (Creator/ScarlettJohansson) competing for the affections of UsefulNotes/HenryVIII (Eric Bana). Political machinations run rampant in this movie and plots are laid, hatched, destroyed and reborn sometimes within minutes of one another, however for any meager student of history you will inevitably [[YouShouldKnowThisAlready know all the rest of it already]].
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!!This Film contains the following Tropes:
* AdaptationDistillation: The book is almost 700 pages long. The movie has to elide a great deal to fit several years worth of events into two hours of film.
* AdaptationalAttractiveness: Catherine of Aragon looks much better in the film than she was reported to in real life. While she was very beautiful in her youth, her ten pregnancies took a massive toll on her. Her figure was reportedly ruined by the time she was thirty and her auburn hair had faded to grey.
** Anne herself was described by one of her friends as being "good-looking enough," which means she probably wasn't very attractive by the standards of the day. She's played by Creator/NataliePortman.
* AdaptationalSexuality: George Boleyn is imagined as AmbiguouslyGay, given HoYay with some male courtiers and his wife remarking "you never lie with me". The real George Boleyn was a notorious womaniser.
* ArrangedMarriage: Just about every noble in this story has their match arranged by their family because it's the accepted way of doing things, and high level marriages require royal permission. Anne's attempt to have a secret marriage to a man who's already engaged to someone else has to be hushed up to prevent a scandal, and she is punished by being sent off to the French court.
* ArtisticLicenseHistory: Oh, God: where to start.
** Anne spent eight of her formative years in France and returned to England with a French accent, which she never quite shed.
** Speaking of accents, the English spoken in the first half of the sixteenth century would have been English, but Shakespearean (Early-Middle Modern) English/ Early Common.
** Mary was banished from the English Court by the Boleyn family for marrying below her station, not because she was a threat for Henry's affection.
*** When Mary's first husband died she was left destitute until Anne stepped in and forced the Careys to honour the terms of her marriage contract. Then she was kicked out of court because she married William Stafford, a soldier. The sisters never spoke again. Mary and Stafford were ''banished'' to remain in Rochford Hall. The rest of the Boleyns died within three years of each other after the execution of Anne and so Mary inherited what she was allowed by the state (admittedly, not much) shortly before her own death four years after her father. Baron Hunsford (Mary's eldest son) was good friends with Queen Elizabeth, though.
** Mary was between one and seven years older than Anne.
** The back-and-forth marriage arrangements with William Carey are entirely fictional; Carey was probably chosen for Mary because he was the best the Boleyns could get given Mary's status as "damaged goods". Anne was at the time intended for her cousin the Earl of Ormond.
** The details of Mary's actual affair with Henry are completely and totally unknown; we only know it happened because Henry mentioned it in a petition he sent to the Pope before he broke with Rome. It might have been as short as a single encounter, and may have occurred as early as 1518.
** There is zero evidence that either of Mary's children were Henry's, and in fact it's extremely unlikely they were as Henry was known to never sleep with married women.
** Mary's personality was supposedly more like Anne's is depicted in the movie, so Anne may have been more delicate rather than the other way around. The French King called Mary "a [[ReallyGetsAround great ribald]], infamous above all".
** The real Anne and Henry seem to have married twice; once without witnesses in November 1532, once privately but with witnesses in January 1533. (Marriage at the time could be contracted without witnesses.)
** There is of course no evidence that Henry raped Anne.
** Henry VIII never for a moment considered marrying Mary Boleyn in any way, shape, or form ''whatsoever'' at any time.
** While UsefulNotes/HenryVIII ''did'' have an illegitimate son (Henry [=FitzRoy=], literally 'Henry, the King's son') between the births of Mary and Elizabeth, his mother was Elizabeth (Bessie) Blount, not Mary Boleyn.
** Mary Boleyn did not take in and raise the future Queen Elizabeth as the movie suggests; in fact, they never met after Mary was banished.
** Anne Boleyn did not take Henry Carey away from Mary either. She made him her ward, which was mainly a financial transaction meant to protect his inheritance.
** Anne was accused of having adultery with five men, including George (whereas the film suggests it was just George). The accusations are thought to have been cooked up by Thomas Cromwell out of nothing, probably at Henry's instigation.
** Jane Parker didn't give testimony in court and in fact there's no evidence she was involved with the trial in any way. (The testimony often attributed to her seems to have come from another lady interrogated by Cromwell.)
** Anne Boleyn did not seduce Henry VIII, she was most likely sexually harassed by the king.
** Anne's stay in France was not a punishment, it was more of an honour
* AwesomeMomentOfCrowning: Deconstructed when we briefly see Anne having the crown placed on her head following her marriage to Henry, but her emotional distress from Henry having raped her and blaming her for seducing him away from his wife and the Church makes what should be her moment of triumph feel like a PyrrhicVictory.
* BadassBoast: When Catherine of Aragon is being brought to court, she confronts the Boleyn sisters over their betrayal. Anne mocks her, calling Catherine infertile and unworthy of being Henry's wife. Catherine's response?
-->'''Catherine of Aragon''': How dare you. You want me to creep away and become a nun? Well I shall not. You want me to lie before God and admit my first marriage was consummated? Well it was not. You want me to retire and [[MamaBear 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 Catherine, Queen of England! The King's one true wife and mother of the heir to the throne. Beloved of the people, and beloved of a king you have bewitched.
** The entire time, Catherine [[TranquilFury never raises her voice]], and by the end of it, Anne is cowering before her.
* BatmanGambit: The Boleyns having their daughter have an affair with the King to gain more political power.
* BreakTheCutie: Both sisters get their share, first Mary, then Anne. Mostly Mary, who's completely heartbroken (hinting that Stafford is her rebound guy and that the King's rejection makes her feel so dejected she doesn't think she deserves any better than her former servant).
* CallingTheOldManOut: Elizabeth Boleyn (née Howard) calls out both her husband - who receives a rather loud and probably painful slap - and her brother for Anne's fate. She's probably right. Note, the word "probably" should be read as "completely and absolutely most definitely"
* CompositeCharacter: George was one of ''seven'' men Anne was accused of having adultery with. The film just has George being accused.
* EnglishRose: The Tudor beauty Mary makes an impression on the king.
-->'''Henry:''' You don't think he'll miss court? A young ambitious man.
-->'''Mary:''' He says not, Your Majesty. But if he ever changed his mind...as his wife, of course, I would do his bidding.
* TheExile: Anne is exiled to France after she marries against her family's will, [[SubvertedTrope subverted]] in that she uses the opportunity to learn how to seduce royalty while there.
* FlorenceNightingaleEffect: Mary taking care of Henry after he takes a spill while horse riding on the Boleyn estate, she takes care of him, and this takes effect.
* GoryDiscretionShot: When the beheadings are shown, the camera cuts away the moment before the blow connects. We just see the reaction of the crowd as we hear the blade chop and the head thud to the ground.
* GorgeousPeriodDress: 16th century Royal English Court attire is represented in all its voluminous glory.
* HappilyEverAfter: The WhereAreTheyNowEpilogue says that Mary and Stafford lived happily as a couple after the events of the film. This is a bit tidier than real life in which [[spoiler: Mary died rather young (as many did), barely nine years into her marriage p. Stafford outlived her and had six more children with his second cousin Dorothy, whom he married two years after Mary's death. Mary's children with Stafford, if they survived, are unknown to history.]]
* HappilyMarried: Mary and Stafford are the only couple that end up happy in the long term, since in every other relationship either the love goes away or the partners get separated by circumstance.
* HeirClubForMen: Henry is anxious to produce a male heir in order to protect his dynasty and avert civil war, since a girl is not considered strong enough to hold power. The historical events of this movie inspired the TropeNamer.
* HotConsort: After Anne came home from France the king found her so seductive (hot) that he was willing to risk everything to make her his queen (consort). After he married her he lost interest though.
* HollywoodHistory: The only way to tell this tale in a two hour film is to simplify and condense something that was more complicated in real life.
* LightFeminineAndDarkFeminine: Mary is the light and Anne is the dark.
* LoveDodecahedron: Who wants to get with who is quite complicated, because everyone seemingly loves someone they shouldn't, wants to sleep their way to the top, and/or keeps changing their minds. Catherine of Aragon wants to keep her husband, but Henry is looking for a new woman and initially settles on Mary. Mary likes her first husband William Carrey and doesn't want to go to bed with Henry, but after they do she changes her mind and falls in love with Henry. Anne seduces Henry away from Mary, so now both Mary and Catherine are left unrequited. Then Henry gets tired of Anne and starts going out with Jane Seymour, etc.
* MarryForLove: Stafford proposes to Mary later in the film, promising that he will never betray her or take her for granted. In the end she accepts, and the WhereAreTheyNowEpilogue tells us they were HappilyMarried ever after.
* OffWithHisHead: George Boleyn and Anne Boleyn are beheaded at the Tower of London for incest and treason. George gets the axe, while Anne gets a swordsman from France as one last courtesy.
* ParentalMarriageVeto: Anne's parents and uncle refuse to recognize Anne's marriage to Henry Percy because it will create a scandal and get them in hot water with the king. Even though they were married before a priest and consummated the union, they are forced to cover it up and pretend it never happened.
* PimpedOutDress: All the court ladies wear fancy dresses with fine tailoring, silk, brocade, embroidery, pearls, the whole shebang.
* PrettyInMink: The nobility shows off its glamour and wealth with lots of luxurious fur. Anne wears a mantle of ermine to the scaffold.
* RapeAsDrama: By the time he obtains a divorce from Catherine of Aragon, Henry is impatient for Anne to give herself to him, especially because he blames her for egging him on to leave his wife and the Church. When Anne again refuses to go all the way until they're married, he flies into a rage and violently rapes her.
* ReasonYouSuckSpeech: Before she enters her trial, Catherine of Aragon chews out both Boleyn sisters for being sluts and backstabbers, reminding them that she is the true Queen of England.
* RequisiteRoyalRegalia: One of the shots in the movie, that was also shown often in promotional material, was Anne in her coronation clothing.
* RightThroughHisPants: The rape scene occurs with both of them fully clothed, and without taking even half a second to remove the many, many layers that would have been in the way.
* SettleForSibling: William Carey originally wishes to marry Anne, but her father gives him Mary instead, as he thinks Anne can do better.
* TheMistress: Mary Boleyn becomes Henry's mistress, sleeping with him and bearing his child out of wedlock while he is still married to Catherine of Aragon. Anne, in contrast, refuses to become Henry's mistress and insists on him divorcing his wife and marrying her before she will sleep with him.
* WhereAreTheyNowEpilogue: For those that don't [[ItWasHisSled know this already]], the Epilogue presents us with vignettes of the various characters, informing us in the captions that Thomas Boleyn died in disgrace, Thomas Howard was put in the Tower for Treason, Mary lived happily in the country with Stafford, and Elizabeth grew up to reign as queen for 44 years.
%% ** Specifically Anne Boleyn as her own gambit to become queen overshadows the original gambit.