Evita

Movie review by
Teresa Talerico, Common Sense Media
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Madonna performs in bloated but stirring musical.
  • PG
  • 1996
  • 135 minutes

Parents say

age 15+
Based on 5 reviews

Kids say

age 13+
Based on 9 reviews

A lot or a little?

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

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
Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

Characters are seen drinking cocktails.

What 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).

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User Reviews

  • Parents say
  • Kids say
Parent of a 2, 9, 14, and 16-year-old Written byKris D. July 23, 2018

Pathetic Take on a Broadway Classic

Madonna's acting is honestly terrible and she sings the songs differently than they were written. If you can find a bootleg of the 1979 Broadway version wi... Continue reading
Adult Written byTimTheTVGuy November 18, 2012

Way too random.

Man,this movie sucks.While the music is pretty good,the director went overboard with the singing.It was just really annoying,and made me want to jam an ice pick... Continue reading
Teen, 13 years old Written byMovie child July 9, 2019

Evita is great

Despite what people say, this is a great take on this play. The music is great and everything. This is a must-see movie! This movie has: sexy stuff, violence a... Continue reading
Teen, 16 years old Written byMollyos98 June 28, 2015

It's a rock opera

Of course there's a lot of singing; Andrew Lloyd Weber composed this as a rock opera. Opera is the art of telling a story with music, particularly singing.... Continue reading

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?

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.

Talk to your kids 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?

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