Breakfast at Tiffany's

Movie review by Nell Minow, Common Sense Media
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Common Sense says

age 13+

Fab, but drinking, smoking, and an outdated caricature.

NR 1961 115 minutes

Parents say

age 12+

Based on 10 reviews

Kids say

age 12+

Based on 15 reviews

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Community Reviews

age 12+

All is Well that Ends Well

This is an unusual movie in many ways. It introduces the world to a young George Peppard who plays Paul Varjak - a strikingly handsome, understated, and charming fledgling writer dependent on the largesse of a matronly and married lover (played by Patricia Neal). Audrey Hepburn plays his love interest Holly Golightly. Both are somewhat hollowed souls because of their life choices. Varjak's adulterous entanglement is matched - to an extent - by Golightly's tacit role as a messenger between an imprisoned mob boss and his consiglieri (and lieutenants) as well as her very calculated attempts at gold-digging her way up the socio-economic ladder. That they come to know each other is quite fortunate for both because they find themselves embracing true love. However, there are problems with this movie. We find that, in fact, Golightly was once married to a much older veterinarian (played by Buddy Ebsen) who appears to have married her as a juvenile after taking her and her brother in. Furthermore, Golightly as a young girl is described as an uncultured Texas bred wild thing who eventually metamorphoses into a sophisticate in the manner of My Fair Lady. It is, quite simply, a bridge too far. The dissonance it created in my mind just never went away. Next, although she is arrested for her part in a crackdown of the mob, she still insists on meeting her hopefully future husband from Brazil whose high political ambitions would be in great jeopardy if the people of Brazil knew of her criminal activities. This shows her obvious lack of judgement. However, the fact that Hepburn was nominated for an Academic Award as Best Actress is a testament to her brilliance as an actress in spite of the movie's obvious and almost unforgivable flaws.

This title has:

Too much drinking/drugs/smoking
age 13+

Fabulous, Classic Film, But Some Parts Don't Hold Up Well

I love Breakfast At Tiffany's as much as the next person but some parts are incredibly offensive by today's standards. A white actor uses makeup to appear Asian, as well as constant smoking. I'd advise you stay away until at least 13 years old. But other than that, I find this to be a very enjoyable classic.

This title has:

Too much drinking/drugs/smoking

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