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Charlotte Gray

By Nell Minow, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 15+

Mature material in this old-fashioned WWII movie.

Movie PG-13 2001 121 minutes
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Community Reviews

age 15+

Based on 2 parent reviews

age 12+

Ok World War Two Film for Tweens and Up

Charlotte Gray is a great look at a smart, stylish, and very, very brave heroine in some of the world's darkest days. After hearing that her fiance's plane has been shot down over rural France, Gray parachutes into the country as a spy, desperate to find him. Her host is a bright young Communist sheltering two young Jewish boys, making her situation triply precarious. Unable to find news of her lost love, she settles into life as a spy and resistance fighter and contributes skill, resourcefulness, and bravery to the cause. Characters exhibit lots of role model qualities and conduct themselves in an upright manner. The film is a bit scary; beloved characters die, everyone is in constant danger, and there are some upsetting violent moments. There is a bit of tasteful sexual activity. Overall, there is nothing too objectionable in the film other than the (expected) tense character.
age 17+

not for kids!

This movie is not for kids! I really loved the story and the characters but I didn't even finish it. I thought the "f" word was only supposed to be allowed once in a PG-13 movie. I heard it several times and finally decided it wasn't worth it. I am surprised CommonSense only mentions one sexual scene. There is a scene near the beginning where the characters are naked in bed together kissing. my mind that is a sexual scene! I didn't watch real closely to be honest but I don't remember seeing more than a bare back and some leg. Definitely a SEXUAL scene though!

Is It Any Good?

Our review:
Parents say: (2 ):
Kids say: Not yet rated

This is the kind of movie they mean when they ask why no one makes those kinds of movies any more. CHARLOTTE GRAY is an old-fashioned WWII movie, with gallant heroes and vile bad guys, romantic longing and fabulous 1940s clothes, heartbreaking betrayal and even more heartbreaking loyalty, odious collaborators and valiant resistance fighters, a purse containing both lipstick and a cyanide pill, and characters who are idealists and cynics, sometimes both at once.

One of the most touching moments in the movie is a small act of generosity that Charlotte risks her life to perform. When it seems that nothing can be done to solve a problem, we can sometimes make great contributions with small kindnesses. Charlotte asks, "Can you forgive yourself if you've been part of something terrible but didn't know?" and is answered, "Otherwise what use are you to anyone?" It is worth talking about how we learn when to forgive ourselves.

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