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Parents' Guide to

Cinema Paradiso

By Scott G. Mignola, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 14+

Charming Italian film about friendship has sex, profanity.

Movie PG 1989 121 minutes
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A Lot or a Little?

What you will—and won't—find in this movie.

Community Reviews

age 13+

Based on 10 parent reviews

age 17+

A Masterpiece!

I don’t know what drugs the initial reviewer was on for this movie, but it certainly is NOT syrupy!! If you have a heart beating in your chest, then this movie is beyond a tearjerker and it will touch your spirit. The fabulous Ennio Morricone scored the heart-wrenching music and Giuseppe Tornatore’s direction is masterful! Watch the unedited version to get the full story but be forewarned: keep plenty of Kleenex next to you! This is a flawless masterpiece about the love of movies, romantic love, and a great friendship between two unlikely people...

This title has:

Great messages
age 18+

This title has:

Too much sex

Is It Any Good?

Our review:
Parents say (10 ):
Kids say (4 ):

This bittersweet film is a bit slow for teens, but anyone with a true love of cinema who doesn't mind some syrupy moments will be charmed.

Cinema Paradiso director Giuseppe Tornatore takes the wholesome path in showing a relationship between an adult man and a child, and in doing so he demonstrates that age is no obstacle when it comes to friendship. That's a good lesson to share with teenagers who find themselves thumbing their noses at younger kids.

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