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Magic in the Moonlight

By S. Jhoanna Robledo, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 12+

Mostly mild 1920s-set Woody Allen comedy has charisma.

Movie PG-13 2014 97 minutes
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age 11+

Based on 1 parent review

age 11+

Firth's cynicism and Stone's sparkle make movie magic

While this is certainly not a great follow-up to last year's "Blue Jasmine," "Magic in the Moonlight" is an adorable film in its own rights, and this rests mostly on the chemistry between the two. That said, while I like their chemistry, the thought of them being a couple is pretty strange, even by today's standards; he's over 50 and she's a quarter century. Allen's dialogue still shines through, with some wry British wit thrown in. It's really a cute period piece that does make you think about what one is willing to believe in.

Is It Any Good?

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MAGIC IN THE MOONLIGHT is a trifle -- pleasing and full of charm, but it doesn't hold a candle to director Woody Allen's meatier films, like Crimes and Misdemeanors or even Midnight in Paris. We've seen this plot before, in other Allen movies: opposites attract, with the male protagonist a skeptic and a neurotic who finds himself enlivened in the presence of a beguiling young woman he can't quite understand.

Nevertheless, Stone makes a perfect beguiling young woman, with big eyes and sass, a 1920s ingenue with a backstory. Firth is great too, all pomp and know-it-all hiding a surprisingly soft center. But the one who holds our gaze the most is Eileen Atkins; as Stanley's Aunt Vanessa, she steals the show, full of grace and wit and easy wisdom about how life surprises and love conquers. Though Stanley postures a lot about the meaninglessness of it all, Magic in the Moonlight, swathed in cynicism it may be, could be one of Allen's most romantic movies.

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