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A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this movie.
The joy of following your heart, even when that means making sacrifices. The importance of working hard to pursue your dreams. The value of having the confidence to make changes in your life and the courage to do something that scares you. Understanding that people are not always as they first seem.
Positive Role Models
Millie is confident, dynamic, and successful, full of joy and the drive to follow her dreams. She shows compassion and empathy alongside her perseverance. Max is quiet and self-conscious but his kind and caring attitude mean that he is loved and respected. He works hard and strives to do well despite his lack of confidence. Meghan is at first rude, bitter, and domineering, but she softens to reveal a warmer, empathetic side.
Diverse body types are well represented. There are no references to any character's size, all of which remain incidental to the story. Small number of ethnically diverse, non-stereotypical characters.
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
A few brief kisses. Brief conversation about "creative sex" mentions leather and S&M. A couple of additional non-graphic conversations about sex. Breathless kissing and caressing on a bed -- fully clothed. Character's shirt is undone revealing their bare chest.
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Language throughout including "f--king," "f--k yourself," "dammit," "bloody," "shut up," "s--t," "crap," "bitch," "balls," and "piss off." The British swear word "tosser" is also used.
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Drinking, Drugs & Smoking
Occasional, casual consumption of alcohol throughout, but never to excess. Characters sip champagne at dinner. Pints of beer, red wine, and whiskey are drunk in a pub across several scenes. Character pours a glass of sherry at home. Pink champagne drunk with breakfast.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Falling for Figaro is an uplifting romantic comedy that would be fine for tweens and up were it not for the strong language used throughout. The movie stars Danielle Macdonald as Millie, a successful fund manager who gives up her career to chase her dream of becoming an opera singer. This leads to many positive messages about following your heart and the fact that it takes hard work, courage, and sometimes sacrifice to achieve your goals. Characters are generally warmhearted, open-minded, and inspiring, with even the most sharp-tongued revealing a softer side. The consistent strong language includes variants of "f--k," along with "s--t," and "bitch." There is some breathless kissing between fully-clothed characters and a couple of conversations around sex including reference to leather and S&M. But these never become too graphic. Some scenes include characters drinking alcohol, but always in moderation. To stay in the loop on more movies like this, you can sign up for weekly Family Movie Night emails.
Is It Any Good?
This delightful movie has all the ingredients needed to make a delicious romantic comedy. Falling for Figaro is uplifting and joyful, tugging on the heart strings just enough, while throwing in some mild jeopardy to keep us hooked. Stunning Scottish scenery, a stirring opera soundtrack, and a warm, funny script set the tone for this gently inspiring story.
Macdonald is perfectly cast as Millie, balancing drive and determination with positivity and empathy, while Skinner is delightful as Max, struggling with his demons yet full of compassion. Even the fearsome, potty-mouthed Meghan (expertly played by Lumley) can't bring the mood down. As the bitter former diva, Meghan's intimidating and sharp-tongued, but also strangely likable, giving us glimpses of her softer side. There's nothing ground-breaking going on here, what with the confident American meeting the self-conscious Brit in a "follow your dreams" plotline. But it really doesn't matter because the end result is thoroughly enjoyable escapism.
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