Parents' Guide to

Frida

By David Gurney, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 16+

Graphic biopic of artist Frida Kahlo.

Movie R 2002 122 minutes
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Based on 4 parent reviews

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Not enough art and too graphic!!

this movie features a gratuitous SEX scene!!! Then comes the gruesome and grisly violence!!! Do NOT show this to your kids and watch sausage party.

Is It Any Good?

Our review:
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The time period of Frida's life is one of great political strife and revolutionary ideals in Mexico, and the film seethes with the fervor of unrest. Her artwork is vividly woven into the film through digital transitions that seem to bring her paintings to life at times, or else incorporate her visual motifs into powerful dream sequences. While it will captivate any viewer with even a passing interest in understanding the fevered lives of such great artists, the film does have one fairly substantial flaw.

For as much as Frida's tribulations are presented, Hayek is just too effervescent to be convincingly debilitated through most of the film. While in the end -- when her infirmities finally catch up to her -- her demise is still believable, until then, it can be rather easy to forget the physical maladies that played such an integral role in forging the character of Frida's work.

Movie Details

  • In theaters: January 1, 2002
  • On DVD or streaming: June 10, 2003
  • Cast: Alfred Molina , Salma Hayek , Valeria Golino
  • Director: Julie Taymor
  • Inclusion Information: Female actors, Latino actors, Middle Eastern/North African actors
  • Studio: Buena Vista
  • Genre: Drama
  • Run time: 122 minutes
  • MPAA rating: R
  • MPAA explanation: sexuality, nudity, and language
  • Last updated: December 16, 2023

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