Amelie

Movie review by
Nell Minow, Common Sense Media
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Thoughtful, charming for 16+.
  • R
  • 2001
  • 122 minutes
Popular with kidsParents recommend

Parents say

age 15+
Based on 11 reviews

Kids say

age 14+
Based on 13 reviews

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The parents' guide to what's in this movie.

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.

Violence
Sex

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

Language

Some sexual references.

Consumerism
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 byrdsf April 9, 2008

Sweet Non-Threatening Movie

Despite the site's review of this movie, it is quite suitable for a mature 12 year old. No violence or coupling of sex with violence. The main character... Continue reading
Adult Written bymoviemadness July 27, 2011

Quirky and Gorgeous -A Must-See for Older Teens and Adults!

Amelie is a quirky, gorgeous, candy-hued film that makes the world just a little brighter! (Can you tell I'm a fan?) Filled with delightful characters, g... Continue reading
Teen, 14 years old Written bynumberdomino April 9, 2008

Foreign Film Bliss

I love this movie. It is a hidden foreign gem that would be fine for mature kids 14+
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

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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