Chocolat

Movie review by
Nell Minow, Common Sense Media
Chocolat Movie Poster Image
Fabulous French fairy tale and romance for teens and up.
  • PG-13
  • 2000
  • 121 minutes
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Parents say

age 11+
Based on 4 reviews

Kids say

age 12+
Based on 13 reviews

A lot or a little?

The parents' guide to what's in this movie.

Positive Messages

The film centers on the idea that life should be enjoyed and lived to the fullest, even if this sometimes means going against long-standing cultural, political, and/or religious traditions. Tensions with this philosophy and the Catholic church is a major theme here.

Positive Role Models & Representations

Villagers are often narrow-minded and judgmental towards those who are different. There are several strained relationships, including a mother and daughter, and husbands and wives.

Violence

Children are shown fighting on the playground. Domestic disputes result in brief violent scenes showing an attempted strangulation and someone being hit in the head with a pot. A bloody and bruised head wound is visible. There is a major fire, but no one is seriously hurt.

Sex

Some sexual content, including images of people kissing, buttoning up their shirts, and a brief scene in which a couple is shown in bed undressed from the waist up (but no private parts are shown). Pre-marital sex and child illegitimacy is referenced

Language

Some villagers occasionally use words like "damn," "hell," and "piss."

Consumerism
Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

Wine is served at a few meals; hard liquor, beer, and cognac consumed at bars and cafes. Cigarette and cigar smoking is sometimes visible. Drunken behavior sometimes leads to violent events.

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that Chocolat contains positive messages about acceptance, living life to the fullest, and love. It also contains some sexual content (including a quick glimpse of partial buttocks) and discussions of illegitimacy. Domestic violence is a theme, and there are images of a physical attack, a bloody wound, and a frightening fire. A character dies peacefully. There are some occasional salty words ("hell," "damn," "piss"), and drinking (wine, spirits) is visible.

User Reviews

  • Parents say
  • Kids say
Adult Written byCommonSenseChristian February 7, 2014

Taste, but With Caution: The Chocolate's a Bit Rich

Chocolat is, well, like a box of rich truffles. Seductive. Enchanting. Romantic. Fun. But if you're not careful, it can make you ill. This flick should be... Continue reading
Adult Written bymoviemadness January 17, 2009

Fun, Sweet Fairytale/Chick-Flick

Chocolat is a sumptuous French fairy-tale filled with magic, romance, and a good deal of delicious-looking chocolate! The story is original and captivating, an... Continue reading
Teen, 14 years old Written bycheese-process December 16, 2010

I was surprised.

I'm a guy who doesn't go for these kinds of movies. Let's put it this way...my mom talked me into seeing it. I told her I would rather watch so... Continue reading
Teen, 16 years old Written byskysurfer14 April 9, 2008

very dramatic

im in french 2 and every year we watch it..... awesome movie!!! cant wait till we watch it again!!

What's the story?

CHOCOLAT takes place in rural France, in an isolated village overseen by the Comte de Reynaud (Alfred Molina), who makes sure everyone keeps to the straight and (very) narrow. Enter mysterious, red-cloaked Vianne (Juliette Binoche) and her daughter Anouk (Victoire Thivisol), who boldly open up a chocolate shop during Lent. Aghast, the Comte tries to keep customers away. But Vianne always seems to know just what people need, giving everyone the kind of chocolate they can't resist and improving the lives of her grumpy landlord Armande (Judi Dench), and the troubled Josephine (Lena Olin). When a group of itinerants dock their houseboats in town, Vianne befriends Roux (Johnny Depp), which proves too much for the Compte and his sidekick, Josephine's husband Serge. Both the Compte and Vianne have to confront near disaster and their own fears, and the village's young priest must find a way to become a true spiritual leader for the community.

Is it any good?

This whimsical little fairy tale is as delicious as its chocolates, with a terrific score and lots of great issues for family discussion.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about the messages of Chocolat. Who is happy in this movie and who is not? What do you think the movie's message is about happiness? What else are the filmmakers trying to express?

  • What do you think about the priest's conclusion that we are judged by what we do and those we embrace rather than by what we stay away from and those we exclude?

  • Families might also want to talk about what some of the names mean in English. For example, reynaud means fox and roux is the base that holds a soufflé together.

Movie details

For kids who love romance

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