5 Conversations to Have with Your Kids After "Beauty and the Beast"

Families can talk about everything from how to handle scary movie scenes to what makes Belle a role model. By Betsy Bozdech
5 Conversations to Have with Your Kids After "Beauty and the Beast"

Beauty and the Beast is a gorgeous, beautifully made live-action remake of Disney's animated "tale as old as time." It's fantastic, although definitely a bit scarier/more intense than the original. But, as always, the story encourages viewers to look beyond the superficial and to be compassionate, curious, humble, and generous -- all of which means it gives families plenty to talk about. Try these discussion questions for kids:

  • How do you think this live-action version compares with the animated original? Which differences do you like most? Which do you like least? Why?
  • Even if you were expecting them, how did the movie's scary scenes make you feel? How much scary stuff can young kids handle?
  • How do the characters demonstrate compassion, curiosity, humility, and empathy? Why are those important character strengths?
  • How does Belle compare with other Disney princesses? Is she curious? Do you consider her a role model?
  • What makes Gaston's conceited, self-centered nature funny? Is he a caricature of the stereotypical leading man? Do your feelings about him change over the course of the story? Why?

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About Betsy Bozdech

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Betsy's experiences working in online parenting and entertainment content were the perfect preparation for her role as Common Sense's executive editor of ratings and reviews. After earning bachelor's and master's... Read more

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Parent written by Leah R.

Why are we so in thrall to this scenario of a beautiful young woman and an off-putting older man? This thought-provoking Guardian piece (www.theguardian.com/film/2017/mar/19/beauty-and-the-beast-feminist-or-fraud) brings up compelling things to discuss – such as: the fear of ugliness, the glorification of male domination, the falling in love with your captor (Stockholm syndrome), Belle's saccharine character…
Adult written by mlpark3

Kids enjoyed it. Definitely not for 6 and under. Several violent, scary scenes. Singing was wonderful and overall a good update to a classic film. All the business about the liberal slant on the movie is exaggerated. If you actually go to the film you will realize that. Clapping by the audience at the end of the picture:)
Parent written by DanaLynn P.

I too think that you have not considered how inappropriate the content of some of this movie is for young children. Even I am offended at the thought of what this movie contains from what I have heard on social media. I am very disappointed in Disney and your site for thinking this movie is ok for children. You may think this is over the children's head but children see and hear more than you know. You have both, Disney and Common sense media, lost my respect.
Adult written by Conservative M.

I look to this forum to protect my children from the garbage in the current entertainment culture and your article on Beauty and the Beast is very disappointing. You fail to bring up a very important issue and simply beat around the bush. Not helpful at all.

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