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A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this movie.
A change of scenery can do wonders for the mind and the heart.
Positive Role Models
The women are more complex than the men in this film, and each is attempting to heal from some emotional ailment and become more in touch with themselves. A man treats his wife as if she's a servant; another man ignores his wife.
Sex, Romance & Nudity
A woman is noticed, especially by men, primarily for her physical appearance, and she appears tired of it. A husband and wife reconnect emotionally after a cold spell. A woman enjoys the company of a man who's not her husband -- a scandalous thing during that time period; then again, her husband appears to be besotted with another woman.
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One instance of the word "bloody."
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that this period dramedy explores, albeit somewhat lightheartedly, the heartache four women are nursing caused by aging, marital neglect, and the like. It's somewhat heavy material for tweens and younger. The journey that the lead characters go on is moving, and there's plenty of takeaway for viewers old and young. Plus, it's refreshing to watch a movie that's not sustained by a heavy soundtrack and gimmicky plots. To stay in the loop on more movies like this, you can sign up for weekly Family Movie Night emails.
Is It Any Good?
Quiet and unassuming, Academy Award-nominated ENCHANTED APRIL nevertheless enthralls without having to rely on cinematic pyrotechnics like other, lesser movies do. No heavy-handed soundtrack to steer emotions, no special effects, not even a hint of melodrama or over-comedy. Instead, it presents, as is, its fundamental suggestion: that a complete change in scenery can reframe one's thoughts and emotions, sometimes to monumental effect. It's a simple enough premise, perhaps too simple for some movie-watchers. But there's no denying its truth. Plot can only go so far, however, and this film is successful for yet another reason -- its cast. The four female leads are spot on -- enchanting, one and all.
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