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Chico & Rita

By S. Jhoanna Robledo, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 16+

Sweet but mature animated love story is aimed at grown-ups.

Movie NR 2012 96 minutes
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age 15+

Based on 1 parent review

age 15+

Visually arresting and rich with music, but love story misses mark

Ironically, for all the excitement, passion, and life that the Latin jazz soundtrack brings to Chico & Rita, the story itself is a predominately quiet one, with most action and conversations very reserved and mellow. And despite all the globetrotting and love-hate yearnings Chico and Rita share and experience, there’s not enough of an investment in the time they spend together to make us feel for the times they’re apart. Directors Javier Mariscal and Fernando Trueba should be credited for bringing something unique to the animation genre, but even the engaging animation and lively Latin soundtrack can’t save or elevate the muted love story that could have been. >>>>> Chico & Rita is an animated feature released by the largely kid-friendly GKIDS, but it is definitely not for children. Rita is fully nude for an extended scene, she and Chico are both nude while making love, and several women’s bare behinds are shown. In terms of violence: Chico’s girlfriend and Rita fight across Chico’s apartment floor, Chico is shot in a dream sequence, and another character is shot several times and killed. There is also drinking, smoking, profanities, and one racial slur. >>>>> READ MY FULL REVIEW AT: filmfather [dot] blogspot [dot] com.

Is It Any Good?

Our review:
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Kids say (1 ):

CHICO & RITA is a love story about two people who can't be together and can't be apart; if it were live action, with real people, it would probably seem predictable and cliched. But shifting the medium to animation makes the tale seem more believable and adds an entertaining, interesting, albeit ultimately not completely satisfying, twist.

This is not a cartoon for kids, it's about adults making grown-up choices. It's charming, melancholy, and bittersweet -- with sublime music -- and you root for the characters not to make the mistakes that are clearly about to happen. In the end, they may not get everything they hoped for, but eventually they get what they truly need.

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