A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this movie.
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
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 & Scariness
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.
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
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
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Some villagers occasionally use words like "damn," "hell," and "piss."
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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.
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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. To stay in the loop on more movies like this, you can sign up for weekly Family Movie Night emails.
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.
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