Parents' Guide to

A Little Romance

By Renee Longstreet, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 12+

Young love is sweet, romantic, with some teen rebellion.

Movie PG 1979 110 minutes
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What you will—and won't—find in this movie.

Community Reviews

age 11+

Based on 3 parent reviews

age 10+

Coming of Age

It mainly follows the story of these two 13 year olds as they go around part of Europe. They meet randomly but feel they are meant to be together. They go to Venice to fulfill a legend saying that those who kiss under a certain bridge will love each other forever. The man boy takes the girl to an inappropriate movie, None of it is shown, but she begins to cry and runs out of the theatre, though they're not even it, they're watching from a window in a friend's house. There are references to sex, and body parts, especially on a field trip to an art museum. But nothing really inappropriate is show. Anything bad will just fly over a lot of younger kids heads who don't know things yet. Kids who do now about this stuff, should be old enough to not mention any of it in school. I'm 11, and watched it with my brother and parents. He's 9, and had a few questions, but it was fine for him.

This title has:

Great messages
Great role models
Too much consumerism
age 14+

Not for pre-teens

The sexual content was iffy, I watched this, and there was a lot of kissing and references to bo*bs. Also some mild-moderate language. THIS IS FOR KIDS AGES 14+!!!!!

This title has:

Too much sex
Too much swearing

Is It Any Good?

Our review:
Parents say (3):
Kids say (2):

There's a wonderful innocence and sincerity to this story of first love, with none of the harsh edges that seem to characterize more recent popular teen romances. Open-hearted young teens, even preteens, will relate to the characters, root for them, and most likely, experience the romance along with Lauren and Daniel.

It's a film parents can share and enjoy, too. Diane Lane is terrific in her film debut. Paris and the Italian cities of Verona and Venice cast their enchanted spells, and the Academy Award-winning musical score is sparkling, as well. Even a few one-dimensional characters and some outrageous over-acting (at the risk of tarnishing an icon, Olivier's performance is dazzlingly hammy) can't spoil the sweetness of this film.

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