Casanova

Movie review by Cynthia Fuchs, Common Sense Media
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age 17+

Legendary lover cleans up for happy commitment.

R 2005 108 minutes

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age 18+

Fun comedy but lacks real substance

The main character sleeps around a LOT and then develops feelings for a woman who has self respect and is saving herself for marriage. He manipulates and lies his way into tricking her into marrying him. There is a pretty gratuitous sex scene a few minutes in. And a less graphic, but still disconcerting, clip of an orgy later on. (SPOILERS AHEAD) He eventually does one right thing, causing her to "fall in love" with him and they end up running away together. Granted, they run away because they are both on death row, but they still kiss during their departure and it is implied they spend the rest of their lives together . He was on death row for sleeping around and damaging the reputation of the Catholic city, she was on death row for being a heretic--publishing feminist material under a fake name. The women Francesca was a good role model for the most part, but she falls in love way too quickly with a man she barely knows, who is not only a player but who also lied and manipulated her, because he took the fall for her on the feminist articles (when he was already going to be sentenced to death anyway. So that doesn't mean much). It was unrealistic and I don't see a woman like her falling for a man like that without gradually mounting emotional abuse, including love-bombing and gaslighting OR unless their was REAL change demonstrated over TIME This movie glamorizes a highly sexual lifestyle. It has a good level of healthy feminism before throwing it out the window on a cheap trope of "bad guy becomes good, and good girl accepts him." It was an intriguing plot and I enjoyed the watch, but I probably wouldn't see it again. It was lacking in admirable characters and (as someone who is NOT a feminist) I do see this movie as coming from a male gaze standpoint who really doesn't care about or understand respectable women of character. It was very make gaze-y and full of cliche tropes.

This title has:

Too much sex
not rated for age

Not completely bad...

Could be better

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