The Royal Hotel Parents Guide

The Royal Hotel Parents Guide 2023 review, Age rating, objectionable content, positive messages, cast overview, and family suitability.

The Royal Hotel Movie Details

Movie NameThe Royal Hotel
Directed byKitty Green
Age RatingR
Release DateOctober 6, 2023 (United States)
Aspect Ratio2.39 : 1
Country of OriginAustralia, United Kingdom
Official WebsiteHanway Films

Movie Review:

“The Royal Hotel” is a psychological thriller movie from Australia released in 2023. It’s directed by Kitty Green, who also helped write the story with Oscar Redding. The film features Julia Garner, Jessica Henwick, Toby Wallace, and Hugo Weaving in the main roles. The movie takes inspiration from a documentary called “Hotel Coolgardie” made by Pete Gleeson in 2016.

The Story

The plot follows two American friends, Hanna and Liv, who are traveling and backpacking in Australia. When they run out of money, Liv suggests they try something different and take temporary jobs working at a bar called ‘The Royal Hotel’ in a remote mining town in the Australian Outback. The bar’s owner, Billy, and the locals show them an exciting and wild side of Australian drinking culture. However, things quickly take a dark turn, and Hanna and Liv find themselves in a troubling situation that they can’t escape from.

This movie explores the challenges and dangers that Hanna and Liv face in their new job and the eerie events that unfold as they try to regain control of their lives.

The Royal Hotel Parents Guide


  • Prolonged and repeated depictions of violent acts.
  • Periodic graphic or gruesome visuals.
  • Graphic images of beheading and mutilation.
  • Graphic depictions of violence and torture.
  • There is a lot of hand-to-hand, gun, and explosion action (some blood and detail portrayed).

Sexual Content

  • Infrequent use of crude sexual allusions and language.
  • Kisses and embraces.


Around 18 instances of coarse language, including scatological slang, profanity, and obscene idioms as well as a sexual expletive (in a non-sexual context).

Alcohol and drug use:

  • Representations of tobacco use.

Is The Royal Hotel suitable for children?

The Royal Hotel is not suitable for children because Hugo Weaving skillfully portrays the delicate balance that high-functioning alcoholics often struggle with—hovering between being rough yet charming and turning into someone frighteningly violent.

The Royal Hotel cast

Julia GarnerHanna
Jessica HenwickLiv
Herbert NordrumTorsten
Dylan RiverBartender
Keylan Devine-IngersonFrench Man
Bree BainOffice Woman
Ursula YovichCarol
Alex MaloneJules
Kate CheelCassie
Hugo WeavingBilly
James FrechevilleTeeth
Nic DarrigoKev
Adam MorganKeith
Adam MacNeillMacca
Ben EggletonSpanners
Barbara LowingGlenda
Daniel HenshallDolly
Bruce R. CarterDarren


Even though the movie has a sudden and unsatisfying ending that makes the earlier well-developed story seem less meaningful, “The Royal Hotel” still effectively explores the dangerous drinking culture in the Australian Outback. The director, Kitty Green, shows her talent in highlighting the frightening aspects of aggressive male behavior that women often face in various places. I prefer Expend4bles to this movie.

In simpler terms, while the movie’s ending might disappoint, it remains a gripping examination of the alcohol-fueled culture in the Outback and the challenges women encounter due to aggressive masculinity.