A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this movie.
Babette learns the importance of home and giving to her chosen family. Martina and Philippa also do good works for the poor and elderly.
Violence & Scariness
Babette imports many live animals and kills them herself.
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
Chaste kisses on the hand are the most action these characters see.
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Drinking, Drugs & Smoking
During the feast, characters get drunk and the teenage serving boy sneaks gulps of wine.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that the adults in this movie can be judgemental (sometimes comically so) and that the father of two girls keeps them from experiencing life. During a grand dinner, the teenage server sneaks several gulps of wine. For the feast, Babette imports many live animals and kills them herself, which may disturb vegetarian or sensitive kids. To stay in the loop on more movies like this, you can sign up for weekly Family Movie Night emails.
Is It Any Good?
Once the meal is announced, the film really begins to shine. The characters become quirky and bickering. One sister has nightmares about the sin of drinking wine. The rest is a cinematic feast. Like other divine food films, such as Big Night and Chocolat, the food and drink magically lighten spirits and capture the revelry of a truly great meal. But kids are unlikely to get that.
Though the film is short -- just over an hour and a half -- its subtitles and the conspicuous lack of sex appeal of its mostly elderly cast are likely to turn off younger audiences. Only the truly romantic or young gastronomes are likely to have the patience to appreciate this Academy Award winner for Best Foreign Film.
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