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Common Sense Media says

Important, affecting, engrossing drama for tweens and up.

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Parent Written bytracyrene May 11, 2014
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8
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Belle: Serious, Sumptuous, Age-Appropriate and Thought-Provoking

I took my 8 year old daughter to this because, well, I wanted to see it. There are some moments that are a little intense and distressing as the protagonist is discriminated against and manhandled by one evil character in a brief scene. However, I found that my 8 year old was engaged, completely understood what was going on (minus a couple of questions about how everyone was related, mostly), and was involved to the point of applauding with the rest of the art-house audience when appropriate (I don't want to spoil it for you!). For Austen fans, you get the look but not the feel - no humor or satire here. Pure drama. Some very chaste romance. Lots of room for good discussion afterwards about race, gender and income inequality, slavery, social norms, and the awesomeness of period costume. Equally appropriate for boys and girls. Generally engaging movie and nice to see a black protagonist in one of these. The fact that the story is more or less true makes it that much more interesting.
Parent of a 8 and 13 year old Written byNsg9059 January 18, 2015
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12
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Well directed drama covering an important topic

Belle, is the struggle of an older teenager who is taken in by relatives, for her father cannot take care of her. Being of mixed race, she is looked down upon by most of her society (18th century England), and tries to find a way to cope with the harsh insults she receives every day. Watching this movie also can really educate tweens about the history of discrimination in predominantly white countries. The main character falls in love, but it only ends up being one kiss, so that is not of concern.
What other families should know
Great messages
Too much swearing
Educator and Parent Written byjoanb1 January 18, 2015
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10
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Excellence in Film

A wonderful and clean movie. Well written. Very nice to see people of color in a positive light, both in front and behind the scenes. I loved the movie right from start to finish.
What other families should know
Great messages
Great role models
Parent of a 15 and 17 year old Written byJohn Lang December 17, 2014
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10
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Great, sensitive movie

I found it a sensitive portrayal of the 18th century England. My teenage kids found the storyline very interesting. Our whole family enjoyed it very much. You are left with the message that "what is right, is right", even if it might not be easy.
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Great messages
Great role models
Adult Written bybemmygail August 30, 2014
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11
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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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Great messages
Great role models
Parent of a 11 and 15 year old Written bylightandlife August 24, 2014
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10
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Belle - Beautiful and excellent movie.

I enjoyed seeing this movie yesterday. It had a great script, beautiful scenes, very good acting, and an excellent story. This story is a good lesson in history. How black people were treated by those in England and subsequently, America. Highly recommend this. I plan to buy the DVD when it comes available in October.
What other families should know
Great messages
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