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A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this movie.
Themes include compassion, empathy, optimism, and dealing with disappointment.
Positive Role Models
Linus opines that the amount of money spent on a Valentine's Day gift is directly related to how you feel about the object of your affection. Despite his rough treatment, Charlie Brown's optimism prevails, especially after receiving an apology from other characters.
Sex, Romance & Nudity
Lots of talk of romance and love.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Be My Valentine, Charlie Brown focuses on the disappointments and frustrations of Valentine's Day with sophistication and humor. Even though the Peanuts characters pine after unrequited love, the action and dialogue is handled with such a deft touch that it feels uplifting. And the humor is universal enough to entertain the youngest viewers and parents alike. There's less use of insult language in this one than in many other classic Peanuts specials. To stay in the loop on more movies like this, you can sign up for weekly Family Movie Night emails.
Is It Any Good?
Schulz's cartoon genius came from using humor to express universal experiences, and this special is a perfect example. Kids will probably identify with the latent fear of not receiving any valentines, and with the pressure of finding just the right card for that special person -- whether it's a classmate, sibling, or teacher. It's a relief to see characters apologizing to Charlie Brown after snubbing him, even if their motives are a bit selfish.
Be My Valentine, Charlie Brown uses visual humor with the dialog to achieve some truly funny moments, like when Sally (Lynn Mortenson) finds an entire Shakespearean sonnet written on a candy heart, or when Linus (Stephen Shea) hurls away candy after candy in frustration, not knowing that Snoopy and Woodstock are gleefully disposing of the spoils. A 2008 edition includes two TV specials -- "It's Your First Kiss, Charlie Brown" and "You're in Love, Charlie Brown" -- that explore the theme of unrequited love even further, as well as a documentary-style featurette about Schulz's work.
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