Audrey

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Sandie Angulo Chen, Common Sense Media
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Adoring documentary chronicles Hollywood icon's whole life.
  • NR
  • 2020
  • 90 minutes

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Positive Messages

Encourages compassion, empathy, integrity, and perseverance. Shows how individuals, particularly those with a public platform, can make a difference. The importance of collective responsibility and generosity for the common good is expressed again and again.

Positive Role Models

Hepburn is an altruistic, generous woman who spent her retirement from acting as a philanthropist and international humanitarian for UNICEF. She was particularly interested in elevating the plight of starving orphans in Africa. She was a loving mother and a devoted friend, as well as a talented actress and dancer.

Violence

Discussion (and footage) of World War II, fascism, the SS, and the near-starvation in the Netherlands during that time. Later, there's a focus on Hepburn's UNICEF work and how she witnesses dying, starving children in Africa, Yugoslavia, and all over the world.

Sex

Brief reference to actresses who were "sex pots" -- unlike Hepburn. Discussions of Hepburn's figure, beauty, and ability to play sexy characters.

Language

One actor says "bulls--t."

Consumerism
Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

Footage from movies in which adult characters drink or smoke cigarettes. Brief mention of Hepburn's smoking habits on set.

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that Audrey is a biographical documentary about legendary actress Audrey Hepburn's entire life, from her early days in England and the Netherlands to her rise to Hollywood royalty and style icon to her final years as a humanitarian in Switzerland. Director Helena Coan compiles this survey of Hepburn's life through dozens of interviews with everyone from filmmakers, actors, and producers to Hepburn's family members, friends, and household staff. Iffy content is minimal, but expect to see movie clips featuring drinking and smoking, and to hear discussion (and see footage) of World War II, fascism, the SS, and dying, starving children. One interviewee says "bulls--t," and Hepburn's figure, beauty, and ability to play sexy characters are mentioned. The film has clear messages of compassion, empathy, integrity, and perseverance.

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Teen, 14 years old Written bykittiesandpuppies January 4, 2022

Perfect Documentary for Any Hepburn Fan

This great documentary is perfect for anyone who knows and loves Audrey Hepburn or any new fans who want to learn more. Expect lots of inspiring messages and an... Continue reading

What's the story?

AUDREY is director Helen Coan's biographical documentary of award-winning actress, style icon, and humanitarian Audrey Hepburn, one of Hollywood's most legendary leading ladies. The film features interviews with Hepburn's family members, including her oldest son, Sean Hepburn Ferrer, and granddaughter Emma Hepburn Ferrer, as well as filmmakers, co-stars, and critics like Peter Bogdanovich, Richard Dreyfuss, and the late Molly Haskell. Coan also talks to personal friends and household staff from Hepburn's years living in Europe toward the end of her life. Audiences will learn about Hepburn's European childhood before and during WWII (although both of her parents were fascist sympathizers, she still suffered during the Nazi occupation of the Netherlands), and the move to London that lead to her early roles. The interviewees and footage highlight all of her personal milestones, most of her biggest movies, and her legacy in movie history.

Is it any good?

This sweet, informative chronicle of a true Hollywood legend highlights the many ways in which Hepburn's legacy lives on in Hollywood and popular culture. The film's structure is somewhat unoriginal -- it's told in straight chronological order, from Hepburn's birth in Belgium and the hard years of World War II to her time as Hollywood's "It Girl" and beyon, up to her death at age 63 in Switzerland. The film concentrates on some of Hepburn's biggest roles and movies -- Roman Holiday, Funny Face, Breakfast at Tiffany'sMy Fair Lady, Sabrina -- but by no means all of them (there's no mention of Charade, the controversial Children's Hour, or Two for the Road). 

Hepburn's marriages get a lot of screen time, particularly her first union to fellow actor Mel Ferrer. There's also an interesting segment about Hepburn's relationship with Hubert Givenchy, with whom she had a close personal friendship. Their collaboration led to some of the most famous looks in 1950s and '60s Hollywood -- most iconically, the pink-caped dress in Funny Face and the "little black dress" she wore in Breakfast at Tiffany's. Because Audrey's biggest contributor is Hepburn's oldest son, Sean, and he has only positive, beautiful things to say about his mother (as does pretty much every subject), the film almost feels more like a 90-minute tribute than a documentary. But that's OK, because Hepburn really is a fascinating subject -- a huge movie star who gave up the Hollywood life early to dedicate herself to family and philanthropy.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about the legacy of actresses like Hepburn, who at the time she rose to fame didn't fit into the typical mold of Hollywood stars. How did she defy expectations? What made her such a compelling and memorable actor?

  • Do you consider Hepburn a role model? What character strengths and life skills did she rely on to get through various challenges in her life?

  • Discuss the importance of fashion in Hepburn's career and life. How do movie stars continue to influence fashion? Can you think of any current-day actors/celebrities who set fashion trends or have become fashion icons?

  • Does Audrey make you curious about Hepburn's movies? Which ones in particular? What about her philanthropic work with UNICEF?

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