Belle

Movie review by S. Jhoanna Robledo, Common Sense Media
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Common Sense says

age 11+

Important, affecting, engrossing drama for tweens and up.

PG 2014 103 minutes

Parents say

age 10+

Based on 10 reviews

Kids say

age 10+

Based on 3 reviews

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age 11+

Light movie with strong and important message

I think this movie is really special, it's so light that there is no need of nudity. Yet it has a very strong message about racial descrimination, slavery and history. Because of this I searched history of Belle and loved all about her bio! The painting is also very fantastic! Seriously, no nudity, just one kiss that doesn't have any malice. It's very light, you wont sleep with headache, cuz it's not a heavy drama - instead it's history, fact, truth. Me, 23, my mother, and my brother - 11 watched this. We all liked it!

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age 11+

One Scene of Minor Abuse & Racism

Age rating mostly because the concepts in the movie may be hard to understand for young children. And there is some physical abuse to the main character. Characters are racist towards Belle, but this is important to the plot. She is strong and independent and speaks her mind despite being rejected as a woman and a “mulatto”. A man helps her change her circumstances.

This title has:

Educational value
Great messages
Great role models

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