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Parents' Guide to

Blue Is the Warmest Color

By Andrea Beach, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 18+

Heavy French drama with explicit sex, mature themes.

Movie NC-17 2013 180 minutes
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A Lot or a Little?

What you will—and won't—find in this movie.

Community Reviews

age 17+

Based on 10 parent reviews

age 13+
age 18+

Ok but...

Literally has lesbian porn in it (not exaggerating). Which isn't relieved by the abuse allegations in the making of the film.

This title has:

Too much sex

Is It Any Good?

Our review:
Parents say (10 ):
Kids say (20 ):

Director Abdellatif Kechiche gets amazing performances out of two young actresses and gives the viewer a lot to think about. The explicit sex certainly grabs the attention, but Blue Is the Warmest Color offers the adult viewer a great deal more to ponder. Teens, though, are unlikely to have the patience to sit through three hours of extended literature- and philosophy-class discussions or the equally extensive adult conversations along the same lines.

The title in French includes (in translation) "Chapters 1 and 2," suggesting there may be more chapters to come, which makes the excessive length less understandable. The lack of an ending, though, is much more understandable, if not less frustrating, once you know you've only seen the beginning of Adele's life.

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