Parents' Guide to

Amelie

By Nell Minow, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 16+

Thoughtful, charming, whimsical film has mature moments.

Movie R 2001 122 minutes
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What you will—and won't—find in this movie.

Community Reviews

age 14+

Based on 13 parent reviews

age 11+

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 this film is rated R in the USA, it was rated for all ages in France. Rated for 7 year olds in much of Europe and even our neighbors to the north rated it suitable for 14 year olds. This film has so much joy and fun and love in it that it is a sad shame if you are depriving your tween being a part of it because of very quick (and actually funny) orgasm montage. We actually consciously made this film the first film our daughter saw with any nudity or sex. We talked about it ahead of time and the moment passes in a flash. I was glad we, her parents, were in control of that moment and also glad it was a film so full of happiness as this one. Yes, a character works in a sex shop but that was not really noticed by her as an almost 11 year old. As I've used Common Sense Media over the years I've been grateful for it. Most of the reviews come within striking distance of having appropriate recommendations. Then I occasionally remember this one and check back and just shake my head. Oh, and a bonus, if you're kid hasn't done subtitles before this is a great one to show them!
age 13+

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 character works in a sex shop, bare breasted women are seen and some few more details. But, all of the sexual references are done in a way that shows that sexuality is a very normal thing in people's lives. Even the scenes in a sex shop aim to illustrate how the commodification of sex makes it more bland. So, not only is it wonderful movie, but its "inappropriate" aspects are introduced in an incredibly healthy manner

Is It Any Good?

Our review:
Parents say (13 ):
Kids say (24 ):

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.

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