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Parents' Guide to

Marie Antoinette

By Cynthia Fuchs, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 14+

Teen queen rocks out in punk-scored biopic.

Movie PG-13 2006 123 minutes
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Community Reviews

age 14+

Based on 9 parent reviews

age 14+

Stylish stunner!

A luscious film. The music is lovely, especially Adam Ant's "Kings of the Wild Frontier"...absolutely appropriate and Siouxsie and the Banshee's "Hong Kong Garden". A regal song for a regal scene. Dunst captures the naiveté and youthful exuberance of the indulgence of Versailles in the 1780s and 90s. True to many biopics we seem to run to a screaming finish although it is not shown, we all know how this story ends and her relationship with her children is a bit stunted in the film, but then again the film is about her not them. The pastel colors pop and although everyone is having a decadent good time, we all know that it is all coming to a crashing end.
age 15+

Superficial and pointless

Apart from the gorgeous costumes and highlighting the decadence of the era, this film had little to offer. Dunst does well with the script she is given but there's just no substance to the plot! The whole film revolves around whether MA's husband will have sex with her to produce an heir. She doesn't accomplish anything and very little else happens. I don't recommend.

This title has:

Too much sex
Too much drinking/drugs/smoking

Is It Any Good?

Our review:
Parents say (9 ):
Kids say (13 ):

A thoughtful, sometimes-playful retelling of the story of Marie Antoinette, Sofia Coppola's film focuses on the doomed queen's adolescence. The punkish titles and soundtrack and the luscious pastel color palette depict the girl queen as a product of her times, living up to official expectations while also rebelling in whatever small ways she can manage.

Less concerned with plot than with context, the film reveals Marie's changing sensibility in gloriously detailed images and glances as she gains confidence and poise, ultimately being crowned queen at 19. Increasingly troubled by her "bad press", Marie is eventually undone by history. The film alludes only briefly to the French Revolution and the fall of Versailles. Omitting both Louis' and Marie's beheadings, the movie leaves her looking slightly sad as she departs from the palace. She is, as ever, resigned to her role as the public face of a monarchy bound to fall amid demands for republican government.

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