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What you will—and won't—find in this movie.
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 & Scariness
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.
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
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.
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Some profanity, including "bitch," and a gesture that means "f--k you."
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Drinking, Drugs & Smoking
Characters are seen drinking cocktails.
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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). To stay in the loop on more movies like this, you can sign up for weekly Family Movie Night emails.
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.
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