Movie review by
Nell Minow, Common Sense Media
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Popular with kidsParents recommend
Thoughtful, charming, whimsical film has mature moments.
  • R
  • 2001
  • 122 minutes

Parents say

age 15+
Based on 13 reviews

Kids say

age 14+
Based on 22 reviews

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Positive Messages

Shows how random acts of kindness and generosity can be truly rewarding. Major themes include compassion, empathy, curiosity, and gratitude.

Positive Role Models & Representations

Amelie quietly encourages her reclusive father to go out and see the world. She needs a big push, however, to come out from behind her disguises and ruses to finally get the guy.


Character works in porn shop. Comic sexual situations -- explicit, but only brief glimpses of bare-breasted characters having orgasms.


Some sexual references.

Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

Drinking and smoking

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that while Amélie is like a fairy tale, there are some graphic moments. One character works in a porn shop, and we see him surrounded by sex toys. There are comic but explicit sexual situations. There is a reference to suicide, and a child's mother is killed in an accident.

User Reviews

  • Parents say
  • Kids say
Adult Written byScratchDad March 21, 2020

A sweet, good-hearted, magical film. Don't be scared by the quick montage of ...s-e-x.

For all that Common Sense gets right this one is a bungle. Both in the official review and the parents' assessment. A key for parents to know is while thi... Continue reading
Adult Written byjohntyro August 23, 2019

A film that teens should be able to watch

This is a wonderful movie. It is about how a young woman escapes from her daily routine by finding beauty in simple acts of kindness. There is some sex, one cha... Continue reading
Kid, 12 years old January 7, 2010

Beautiful feel good movie, some sex..

I saw this film when I was about 11 and I thought it was beautiful, it has fantastic messages about love and life, its a bit quirky and very fun, I love this mo... Continue reading
Teen, 16 years old Written byJohn A. January 19, 2019

Rated 15 (sexual scenes, nudity).

SEX/NUDITY - There are some sexual scenes and moderate sex references, including several shots of couples experiencing orgasms (brief nudity), scenes in a sex s... Continue reading

What's the story?

AMELIE (Audrey Tatou) grows up the lonely child of parents who do not know how to show their love for her. She becomes a thoughtful, quiet, observant girl who decides to change the lives of those around her, opening hearts to the adventure that is waiting for them, taking revenge on a cruel grocer, bringing together a couple who are afraid to show their longing for each other, and bringing the outside world to a reclusive painter and to her own father. But will she do for herself what she has done for others and find love with the mysterious collector of rejected photo booth pictures? And who is the "ghost" who appears in so many of the torn photos?

Is it any good?

This film is filled with airy whimsical charm the way that a chocolate soufflé is filled with air. Audrey Tatou is just right as Amélie, a perfect gamine in a Lulu haircut. Writer-director Jean-Pierre Jeunet gives the story a feeling somewhere between fairy tale and documentary. His behind-the-scenes glimpses of the characters' likes and dislikes – from cleaning out a toolbox and getting fingers pruny in the bath to sticking a hand in a barrel of grain and cracking the sugar on a crème brulée -- are deliciously particular and somehow very touching.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about why Amélie wants to help people from a distance and is reluctant to show herself to the man who attracts her.

  • Why do so many people need outside help to find happiness? Is there someone you would like to help?

  • How does Amélie demonstrate compassion and empathy? What about curiosity and gratitude? Why are these important character strengths?

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