Parents' Guide to

Babette's Feast

By Heather Boerner, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 12+

A heartwarming feast for adults. May bore kids.

Movie G 1987 103 minutes
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age 13+

Based on 3 parent reviews

age 18+

Enchanting, Engaging, and Soooo Lovely! Bon Apetit!

When I first saw this movie years ago when I was just 30 years old I thought....Oh my! I came across a gem of a movie indeed and cannot wait to tell my friends about it. The love story is amazing but the most fantastic part is when we partake in an exquisite dinner whereby so much is revealed and so much is cherished! The dinner scene was the most intoxicating moment of the whole movie...hence the love affair. This is by far my favorite movie of all time. It's now Oct 18th, 2020 and I decided to watch this movie with a dear friend who never saw it before. He will be enchanted as I was. It has beauty and grace and also brings us to the question of enjoying the most refined food with friends who enjoy not only the food but the reason for enjoying it!
age 12+

Excellent way to show kids how to do things for others

Babette's feast will leave you with so much to talk about, from religious beliefs to eating habits around the world, The sisters take Babette as a maid and cook and in return Babette cooks a feast that bring the best out of each guest. The movie might seem boring and plain but as the feast unfold so does the story. There is some very mild drinking and smoking.

Is It Any Good?

Our review:
Parents say: (3 ):
Kids say: Not yet rated

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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