Parents' Guide to

All About Eve

By Nell Minow, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 12+

Classic movie about an ambitious woman.

Movie NR 1950 138 minutes
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age 12+

Based on 3 parent reviews

age 14+

All About Narcissism

This is a great movie. It's about more than just ambition, though. It's about narcissism, betrayal, deceit, and many other ambiguous behaviors. It depicts the early 1950s real world behind the scenes in Hollywood. Great performances and great script spur great dialogues with teens.
age 13+

This movie deserved every award it was given. Stunning performances, especially from Bette Davis. The story is fabulous and keeps audiences entertained from beginning to end!

Is It Any Good?

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ALL ABOUT EVE has one of the most exceptional and most literate scripts ever written (by Joseph L. Mankiewicz, who also directed). This is not just the finest backstage drama ever filmed, but also a compelling parable of ambition and loyalty. Bette Davis is brilliant as Margo, bringing both the ferocity and the vulnerability of Margo to life. No one can forget her at the beginning of her party: "Fasten your seatbelts, it's going to be a bumpy night." She is the first to notice that Eve is not what she seems, but her friends assume it is just petty jealousy, and it only makes them want to protect Eve. Ultimately, the loyalty of all four friends keeps them together. And ultimately, Eve is reigned in by someone who is her equal, acidic columnist Addison De Witt (a silky George Saunders).

All About Eve won six Academy Awards, including Best Picture, Best Supporting Actor (George Sanders), Best Screenplay, Best Direction, and Best Costume Design. Joseph L. Mankiewicz and his brother Herman (co-author of "Citizen Kane") were responsible for many of the finest scripts ever produced. And that is Marilyn Monroe in one of her earliest appearances, as Miss Caswell.

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