Little Women (2018)

Movie review by Sandie Angulo Chen, Common Sense Media
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Common Sense says

age 10+

Well-intentioned Alcott modernization misses the mark.

PG-13 2018 112 minutes

Parents say

age 12+

Based on 7 reviews

Kids say

age 12+

Based on 1 review

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age 12+

Awfully disappointing adaptation

Adapting this great book to a modern setting was a wonderful idea, but I'm afraid they missed their target. It was overacted, thoughtless and the characters came off mostly as shallow and selfish. One of the silliest movies I've seen for a long time.

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age 12+

Too much booze and anger issues

This is not a good adaptation. I was interested in the concept of a modernized Little Women. This just seriously misses the mark. Jo is especially unlikable. When her sister is diagnosed she throws an epic tantrum destroying property and her character never really develops the way she does in the book. There are multiple scenes with alcohol consumption. This includes the wedding where Jo is walking around with an entire bottle of wine or champagne and drinks repeatedly from the bottle for absolutely no reason than to be drinking alcohol. Several scenes show underage drinking including drunkenness to the point of vomiting but there are zero consequences or counter-messages to this drinking. It is just drinking for drinking's sake. At the end when the sisters are reminiscing over pictures the only comment about their drinking is actually a lesson to all kids watching the movie to not mix their liquors. One scene verges on date rape and my be hard to explain to young childen. Just skip this version and go with one of the proven and much more wholesome versions.

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