Parents' Guide to

Brian and Charles

By Stefan Pape, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 10+

Warm comedy studies loneliness, celebrates quiet ingenuity.

Movie PG 2022 90 minutes
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Community Reviews

age 8+

Based on 2 parent reviews

age 8+

Wholesome arthouse film

There is very little in here most families would find objective - perhaps a little language here and there; but caregivers should know this is an arthouse flick and younger kids may not "get" it. It's a little slow, dryly funny, and definitely a somewhat absurd. My 12- and 14-year-olds enjoyed it.
age 7+

Starts slow but gets pretty funny!

This is a fun and quirky movie. It has a slow start and a lot of kids will think it's boring at first. But once the Charles character is introduced it becomes a lot of fun. There are some bullies and it can be scary and frustrating as they do their bullying, but they are sorted out hilariously.

Is It Any Good?

Our review:
Parents say (2):
Kids say (1):

This is a tender, beautifully rendered film about loneliness that's sure to warm the cockles of your heart. It's a real masterclass of balance, as director Jim Archer blends genres seamlessly. There are laugh-out-loud moments, but it's also very moving -- and, on top of that, it's a science-fiction tale. Though it's not one that struggles to suspend viewers' disbelief, as it sets the scene remarkably well in an authentic way, earning viewers' trust before turning everything on its head. And Earl deftly captures Brian's complexity while demonstrating point-perfect comedic timing.

On the downside, it's hard to understand why the filmmakers decided to present Brian and Charles as a mockumentary, as though a camera crew is following Brian around. For starters, it makes no sense why anyone would randomly go and film a man living alone in the middle of a remote Welsh village. Even worse, they lose that style somewhere halfway through. By the end, the film feels like a more conventional dramatic feature, almost as though the filmmakers decided halfway through to scrap the original idea and couldn't be bothered to go back and change it in the edit. But, really, this is a small complaint in a film that's otherwise sweet, funny, and original.

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