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A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this movie.
Kids will learn a bit about Parisian culture and landmarks, such as the Eiffel Tower, the various bridges, and the Cathedral of Notre Dame.
There's a great message about not judging anyone by his or her appearances, and how true friends stick up for each other and help each other out no matter the wacky circumstances. Everyone needs a friend.
Positive Role Models
Francoeur is not a monster despite the fact that he's a ginormous mutant flea. He's quite sweet and has a beautiful singing voice. The mild-mannered Raoul and and humorous Emile are braver than they look, and they -- along with the women they fancy -- help to save Francoeur from a horrible fate.
Violence & Scariness
At first the "monster" can seem scary, but he's quickly revealed to be harmless. A climactic confrontation involves a vehicle chase and then a frightening scene at the Eiffel Tower, where an armed villain shoots at people and the monster. A woman is nearly choked and another is held threateningly off the side of the Eiffel Tower; she almost plunges to her death. The monster falls from the Eiffel Tower and is momentarily presumed lost or dead.
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
A couple of kisses between couples who flirt through most of the movie.
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A few instances of exclamations such as "Oh my God" and "Jesus!" as well as insults such as "stupid" and "idiot."
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Drinking, Drugs & Smoking
There are adults drinking at a dance/concert lounge, but it's unclear whether the drinks are alcohol or not (presumably, being Paris, it is wine).
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that A Monster in Paris is an animated period adventure about a science experiment that turns a flea into a huge "monster." But the flea, who is later called Franc, is as gentle as can be and will teach kids the importance of not judging people based on their looks. There's some gun violence and a frightening climactic battle between a meanie with a loaded gun and the "monster" and his friends. Kids who pay attention will get glimpses of Parisian landmarks and will value the movie's messages of tolerance and friendship. To stay in the loop on more movies like this, you can sign up for weekly Family Movie Night emails.
Is It Any Good?
Animation wise, A Monster in Paris is beautifully made for a release that's straight to DVD here in the States. The backdrop of Paris comes alive with the details of bustling tradesmen and shopkeepers and gorgeous landmarks. Paris becomes a major character in the story, with its night life and cobblestone streets and glittering lights. What a great way to introduce kids to the magical city.
The story itself is one of transformation, friendship, and discovery. Franc isn't the monster that the villainous politician makes him out to be; he's a gifted musician (played in the English version by John Lennon's son Sean) and a kind-hearted soul. The romantic subplots are sweet, as is the banter between best friends Raoul and Emile and childhood chums Raoul and Lucille. With catchy musical numbers and a poignant message, this is a movie the whole family will enjoy.
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