A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this movie.
Friendship; individuality; sticking up for yourself; mother-daughter relationships; moving on; accepting friends in spite of their limitations.
Positive Role Models
Mom is a stable, loving, if long-suffering and self-sacrificing presence; daughter Lou is a kind, creative, thoughtful 12-year-old girl. Friend Mina forgives her for being insufferably self-absorbed; Grandma is stern and judgmental but learns to accept her daughter's life.
Violence & Scariness
Doll in a stop-motion film shoots a fake gun at another doll's head; fake blood splatters. Girl asks another if she wants a punch in the face; girl hits head on wooden beam, passes out.
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
Teens kissing; man and woman kiss on couch; brief sequences of a cartoon featuring a hypersexual female character who shoots light out of cleavage; brief flash of a bra strap when woman is changing; a woman crawling around is embarrassed when her skirt is up too high; a woman checks out a man's butt; trail of clothes lead to the mom and neighbor in bed, covered up, after implied intercourse.
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"F--k"; "shut the f--k up"; "f--kin' slackers"; "s--t" (frequent); "damned"; "don't get your panties in a twist"; "piss"; "ass-kisser."
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Drinking, Drugs & Smoking
Brief, casual background smoking; woman at party is clearly tipsy, offers beer to minor, who declines; people smoke a hookah, pipes at party; women drink wine.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Lou! Journal Infime is a quirky, stylized, heartfelt French movie with subtitles based on a French comic about the relationship between a creative 12-year-old girl, her single mom, their life in Paris, and the boy crushes they each nurse individually. It has some casual profanity, including "f--k" and its variations and "s--t" in a few instances, sexual suggestiveness (implied sex between adult characters) and teen kissing, and a brief scene where the mom is tipsy and offers beer to a minor (he refuses). Overall it has strongly positive and sweet messages about navigating friendship, girlhood, and crushes. Perfect for fans of Amelie or Scott Pilgrim vs. the World. 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 is a highly stylized movie that leaves no quirky stone unturned. Sets are drenched in bold colors and filled with flea market bric-a-brac: vintage computers, clocks, cameras, mannequins. But the issues at the film's core are decidedly both modern and universal: first crushes, falling back into love, making and keeping friends, and navigating a city.
Casual profanity and some very European tween maturity make this better for older kids familiar with the worlds of Amelie or the like, but this will be a hit with creative teen journaling types who've just hit full boy-crazy mode.
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