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Evita

Madonna performs in bloated but stirring musical.
  • Rated: PG
  • Genre: Musical
  • Release Year: 1996
  • Running Time: 135 minutes

What parents need to know

Positive messages

Characters often behave in calculated ways -- including using other people -- to advance their own political agendas or careers. Characters do have strong political ideals and dreams, although those ideals don't always make things better for a country's citizens.

Violence

Political rioting and unrest are depicted throughout the movie, including scenes where soldiers are shown beating protesters. An earthquake ravages a town; bloody victims are shown in various states of injury. A girl is grief-stricken over the death of her father; she and her mother and siblings, however, are banned from his funeral by the man's legal wife because the children are bastards.

Sex

A married tango singer is having an affair with a younger woman. They are shown in bed together. A musical number implies that the same woman later goes through a string of lovers in order to advance her career. A high-ranking military official has a much younger lover, who looks like she's still a teenager. No sex is shown, but his new girlfriend kicks her out of his bed and home.

Language

Some profanity, including "bitch," and a gesture that means "f--k you."

Consumerism
Not applicable
Drinking, drugs, & smoking

Characters are seen drinking cocktails.

Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that this movie depicts complex political themes, some violence (brutality of soldiers against citizens, bloody victims of an earthquake), and sexual innuendo (showing lovers in bed, but no sex).

What's the story?

EVITA is based on a 1970s musical by Andrew Lloyd Webber and Tim Rice. It tells the story of Eva Perón, the most beloved first lady of Argentina. Madonna stars as Eva, Antonio Banderas serves as the cynical narrator, Che, and Jonathan Pryce plays the role of Col. Juan Perón, Eva's husband.

Is it any good?

QUALITY

Although it stumbles a bit throughout, Evita remains a stunning movie musical that finds its rhythm after the first hour or so. The scenes that work will sweep viewers up in the political and personal stratosphere of Argentina's most beloved first lady, Eva Perón. In those moments, whether she's addressing a cheering crowd of peasants or flirting with her future husband (and the country's future president), Madonna embodies Evita, and her vocal performances communicate what she has never seemed capable of as a traditional actress. Other musical sequences -- particularly the earlier ones, as well as those that feature blaring rock-music guitars -- feel awkward. Throughout the movie, it's hard to accept Banderas in a role that requires him to sing all his dialogue. But without him, the movie would be a one-sided glorification of Evita.

Musical numbers such as "A New Argentina" capture the excitement and energy of the Peróns' political campaign. The most memorable sequences are Pryce's post-election speech and Madonna's touching performance of "Don't Cry For Me, Argentina," both delivered from the presidential balcony as thousands of supporters cry "Pe-rón! Pe-rón!" in a chant that almost sounds like a heartbeat. The movie includes a depiction of this "Rainbow Tour" and briefly hints at allegations that the Perons were Nazi sympathizers. It also examines the extensive network of social service organizations that Evita helped establish in her country.

Families can talk about...

  • Families can talk about what they think of the main character, Evita. What kind of person was she? Why did so many Argentines idolize her?

Movie details

Theatrical release date:December 14, 1996
DVD/Streaming release date:March 25, 1998
Cast:Antonio Banderas, Jonathan Pryce, Madonna
Director:Alan Parker
Studio:Miramax
Genre:Musical
Topics:History, Music and sing-along
Run time:135 minutes
MPAA rating:PG
MPAA explanation:thematic elements, images of violence and some mild language

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Kid, 12 years old April 9, 2008

Musical Fun for Ages 12 and up!

Evita is the musical story of Eva Duarte de Peron, the spirited leader of Argentina in the 40's. Eva rises above poverty and a scandalous past to marry Argentine leader Juan Peron. She helps his campaign and he becomes President, catapulting her into a position of great power and influence. Eva is played by Madonna and Antonio Banderas is Che, the narrator to the story who always happens to be where Eva is (big conincidence). The supporting cast includes Johnathan Pryce as Peron, and Jimmy Nail as Eva's former lover, the singer Agustin Magaldi. Mild Sex, Violence, and Language make this film innapropriate for anyone under the age of tweleve though. But if you decide this film is alright for your child, you will love it!
Kid, 10 years old October 13, 2010

great for older children but not for very young children

I love this movie alll though its very sad and has quite alot of violance but still good and it has one of the most famous show tunes in it (dont cry for me argentina) and its a great tribute to eva peron.
What other families should know
Too much violence
Too much sex
Too much swearing
Too much drinking/drugs/smoking
Great role models
Teen, 15 years old Written bybibliophile January 3, 2009

Beautiful

This movie was delightful! The singing was wonderful, and I LOVE Antonio Banderas' voice! Even more than Gerard Butler in Phantom of the Opera. There is some content. The sex is mentioned in CSM's review, but there is more language than they mention including d-mn, h-ll, God's name in vain, -ss, and some others. So be cautious when you watch this movie. I recommend an edited version, such as ClearPlay DVD Player (clearplay.com)