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Parents' Guide to

A Good Year

By Jane Boursaw, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 13+

Predictable but pleasant movie for teens and up.

Movie PG-13 2006 118 minutes
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Community Reviews

age 14+

Based on 4 parent reviews

age 13+

Beautifully made, well casted, excellent plot

Max starts out as a greedy bast*rd but ends up finding what is important in life. The transformation is beautiful and the movie is so eloquently done. One love scene is very brief and there is no nudity. Minor swearing which is barely noticeable since it is in the French accent. Drinking is involved. This is a movie about a vineyard. Great plot, acting and casting. One of the best movies made.

This title has:

Great messages
Great role models
age 14+

Beautiful scenery, predictable plot.

Rated a 12 but there is swearing (f-bombs) at the beginning, the main character goes to bed with a female character and the whole thing is shot with the male gaze in mind.

This title has:

Too much sex
Too much swearing

Is It Any Good?

Our review:
Parents say: (4 ):
Kids say: Not yet rated

We've seen this passable movie before in various incarnations -- most notably Under the Tuscan Sun, with Diane Lane in the Russell Crowe part, discovering herself in the Italian countryside. Consequently, there are no surprises here. We know what's going to happen, and we know pretty much how it's going to happen.

That said, A Good Year is a nice production (with beautiful, sun-washed landscapes) by Ridley Scott, a great director who makes audiences care about his characters, even if everyone does know how things are going to turn out. Crowe does the bad-boy-turned-good role well, and manages to keep the pace moving along fairly well. All in all, this movie is a pleasant enough way to spend a couple of hours if you're not looking for anything earth-shattering.

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