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 8 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).

User Reviews

  • Parents say
  • Kids say
Adult Written byJEDI micah November 17, 2012

Music is great, but too much singing.

I'm sorry for being honest, but this movie is horrible. There's nonstop singing with like no talking, and the storytelling is a little bit on the con... Continue reading
Parent of a 12 year old Written byTsion April 9, 2008
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 Ar... Continue reading
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 arg... 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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