Amelie

  • Review Date: May 20, 2003
  • Rated: R
  • Genre: Comedy
  • Release Year: 2001
  • Running Time: 122 minutes

Common Sense Media says

Thoughtful, charming for 16+.
  • Review Date: May 20, 2003
  • Rated: R
  • Genre: Comedy
  • Release Year: 2001
  • Running Time: 122 minutes

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Quality(i)

 

What parents need to know

Positive messages

Shows how random acts of kindness and generosity can be truly rewarding.

Positive role models

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
Not applicable
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
Not applicable
Drinking, drugs, & smoking

Drinking and smoking

Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that while the movie 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.

Parents say

Kids say

What's the story?

Amélie (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?

QUALITY
 

AMELIE 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.

Families can talk 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?

Movie details

Theatrical release date:November 2, 2001
DVD release date:December 1, 2002
Cast:Audrey Tautou, Lorella Cravotta, Mathieu Kassovitz
Director:Jean-Pierre Jeunet
Studio:Miramax
Genre:Comedy
Run time:122 minutes
MPAA rating:R
MPAA explanation:comic sexuality

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Adult Written byrdsf April 9, 2008
AGE
11
QUALITY
 

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 (Amelie) is good hearted, and tries to help lonely people. There are some very funny scenes where she gets comic (and non-violent) revenge on a greengrocer who is mean to his retarded employee. The movie has excellent values. Despite the R rating given this film by the prudish MPAA, by way of contrast the move received a rating of all audiences by the Dutch film rating agency
Adult Written bymoviemadness July 27, 2011
AGE
15
QUALITY
 

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, genuinely sweet messages about love and confidence, and fantastic Parisian scenery, this is not a film to miss! Although Amelie is filmed in a fairy-tale/candy shop way (the tone, cinematography, costuming, and etc. is charming and juvenile) there are themes that are anything but. There is a large helping of comedic sexual situations including characters employed at a sex-toy store and some very silly sex scenes. Also, in the style of French cinema, this film waxes on and on. The foreign language and the length mean that it won't entirely appeal to younger viewers, which is great because it really is not for them.
What other families should know
Great messages
Too much sex
Teen, 14 years old Written bynumberdomino April 9, 2008
AGENot rated for age
QUALITY
 

Foreign Film Bliss

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

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