Love & Friendship

Movie review by Jeffrey Anderson, Common Sense Media
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Common Sense says

age 12+

Wickedly funny adaptation based on Austen novella.

PG 2016 92 minutes

Parents say

age 12+

Based on 2 reviews

Kids say

age 11+

Based on 3 reviews

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age 10+

Excellent and beautifully done!A++

I say children should know more about this period of history. Rock on Charlotte Bronte and Jane Austen - the past was beautiful and very genteel. If you are American then you can get a taste of the most powerful country on earth at the time - the UK .Plenty of decorum unlike todays world of hussies, selfies and plastic surgery!

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age 14+

Quirky, Often Humorous take on Period Drama Genre

Families need to know that this witty, fast-paced drama is an almost metaphorical parody on life during Victorian-era England. As it is definitely an acquired taste, older teens will most likely benefit the most from its very modern dialogue and interpretation of traditional ideas of marriage and security. There are no sex scenes in the film, however the constant themes of sex and infidelity are often referenced, albeit in such round-about ways that they could go undetected by even the most attentive of viewers. That being said, the film's sharp dialogue and portrayal of benign situations may prove unsuccessful in captivating the attention of younger audiences, as they more than likely won't understand and/or appreciate the film's take on the idea of the 'modern woman' (ideas of rejecting society's concepts of politeness, and female gentility are regularly addressed). Manipulation and selfishness are also constant themes however, and parents are often depicted as wanting whats best for themselves rather than for their children.

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