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Parents' Guide to

Bright Star

By S. Jhoanna Robledo, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 12+

Romantic, moving film unlikely to interest tweens.

Movie PG 2009 119 minutes
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age 12+

Based on 1 parent review

age 12+

Probably better for older teens

I think the love story was very intense and the subject matter was not of interest to most 12 year olds. They found it hard to follow and understand. The moms did enjoy though! Just don't think most 12 years would enjoy!

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Too much sex

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Period dramas often stumble because they can feel like play acting -- viewers are keenly aware the events occurred long ago, if at all, and are rarely invested; Bright Star isn't hobbled like this. It enfolds you in remarkable beauty, while also being grounded in a palpable sense of time and place. Campion brings the heath to life, and it's glorious to witness to Keats' and Brawne's relationship. There's a grace to the director's storytelling, and in her capable hands, both love and poetry become accessible.

But this is no fairy tale, either. Campion deftly explores class differences and artistic pressures as well as budding romance. Whishaw, as Keats, broods and contemplates (as poets do) without coming off as clichéd -- when he struggles to write, it's as if he's truly wrestling with words, and when his poems are finally read, they stun. Cornish is so authentic that you'll forget she's no 19th-century maiden; dialogue isn't just dialogue when she says it, and love no mere plot point when she feels it. Authenticity, in fact, permeates the whole movie. When Keats and Fanny place their hands on the wall separating their rooms, each on opposite sides, we feel privy to a genuine moment between two people helplessly enamored of each other.

Movie Details

  • In theaters: September 18, 2009
  • On DVD or streaming: January 26, 2010
  • Cast: Abbie Cornish , Ben Whishaw , Paul Schneider
  • Director: Jane Campion
  • Studio: Miramax
  • Genre: Drama
  • Topics: History
  • Run time: 119 minutes
  • MPAA rating: PG
  • MPAA explanation: thematic elements, some sensuality, brief language and incidental smoking
  • Last updated: December 4, 2022

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