Midnight in Paris

  • Review Date: May 20, 2011
  • Rated: PG-13
  • Genre: Romance
  • Release Year: 2011
  • Running Time: 94 minutes

Common Sense Media says

Jaunty romcom mines adult themes of marriage and career.
  • Review Date: May 20, 2011
  • Rated: PG-13
  • Genre: Romance
  • Release Year: 2011
  • Running Time: 94 minutes

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What parents need to know

Positive messages

True joy comes in finding something you love and actually doing it and through questioning it in the process. Also: Relationships that don't affirm your essence have an uphill climb. In short, pick someone who can share your bliss.

Positive role models

He may be meandering in disposition, but there's something to admire in a guy like Gil, who still holds hope for love and all that dreamy jazz.

Violence

No violent scenes; some talk of bull fighting and war.

Sex

Couples flirt and kiss. An engaged man declares his interest in a woman who's not his fiancee. A woman admits to infidelity. Discussion about how one character has slept with many men.

Language

Infrequent use of words like "hell" "damn," and "oh my God."

Consumerism

Some high-end labels, like Dior and Chopard, are seen on shopping bags and such, and they imply one family's wealth.

Drinking, drugs, & smoking

Some of the characters date back to the gin- and bourbon-soaked 1920s, and they're shown swilling their nights away. One character is so inebriated that she threatens to drown herself. Several characters smoke.

Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that this imaginative romantic comedy, which represents a return to form for master filmmaker Woody Allen, includes some thematic material -- infidelity, professional boredom -- that may be too mature for younger teens. But given the movie's charming journey back to historic Paris and its lack of anything specifically risque, older teens may get a kick out of it. (Think of it as a witty history lesson.) There's smoking and drinking -- champagne, wine, and bourbon, especially in scenes depicting the roaring '20s.

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Kids say

What's the story?

On a trip to Paris with his jaded, pampered fiancée, Inez (Rachel McAdams), Hollywood screenwriter Gil (Owen Wilson) grows enamored once more of what he dreams is a true writer's life: to live in Paris and finish his novel, preferably in a charming little flat overlooking the City of Lights. But Inez (and her conservative businessman dad and decorator's discount-wielding mom) wants none of that. Instead, she wants Gil to disabuse himself of the romance of suffering and embrace Hollywood and the generous cash flow it offers. She also wants them to spend more time with the pedantic professor (Michael Sheen) she once had a crush on and his wife, who happen to be in Paris, too. When one of Gil's nighttime strolls turns into a fantastical trip back in time, where he's hobnobbing with the likes of F. Scott and Zelda Fitzgerald (Tom Hiddleston and Alison Pill), Ernest Hemingway (Corey Stoll), and Gertrude Stein (Kathy Bates), Gil's longing for escape blossoms. Especially one that involves the alluring artists' muse Adriana (Marion Cotillard).

Is it any good?

QUALITY
 

Owen Wilson as the perfect Woody Allen leading man -- who knew? But that he is, at least in this fine and deeply satisfying film. As a romantic who's longing to finish his novel about nostalgia, Wilson at last finds a character that captures, without dumbing down, his flake-with-a-poetic-soul essence. It's about time. But enough about him -- and the perfectly cast supporting players. MIDNIGHT IN PARIS is a gift to Allen fans who may have begun to doubt their guru after years of uneven, sometimes-great, often-disappointing, creations. This film is such a delight. Intelligent, insightful, and inspired in ways that recall Allen's best movies (cue, yes, nostalgia), it's playful and absurd, evoking Annie Hall and The Purple Rose of Cairo, but it also firmly reminds us that Allen is as vital as ever, with so much still to say about art and love and quietly desperate moments, even if it comes wrapped in his ever-familiar box. (There's still the signature black background with white credits and the best jazz soundtrack.) Now, can he come back to New York?

Families can talk about...

  • Families can talk about why so many movies, especially romantic ones, take place in Paris. What's the allure? Do films like this set up an unrealistic expectation of both Paris and love?

  • Many of Allen's movies examine a certain type of boredom that besets relationships. What do they say about relationships in general and, specifically, about the lulls and doubts that inevitably set in?

  • Are you familiar with any of Allen's early work? Which filmmakers have stood the test of time?

Movie details

Theatrical release date:May 20, 2011
DVD release date:December 20, 2011
Cast:Marion Cotillard, Owen Wilson, Rachel McAdams
Director:Woody Allen
Studio:Sony Pictures Classics
Genre:Romance
Run time:94 minutes
MPAA rating:PG-13
MPAA explanation:some sexual references and smoking

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Teen, 15 years old Written byTheSuperman765 May 21, 2011
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11
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Jaunty rom-com mines adult themes of marriage and career.

this imaginative romantic comedy, which represents a return to form for master filmmaker Woody Allen, includes some thematic material -- infidelity, professional ennui -- that may be too mature for younger teens. But given its charming journey back to historic Paris and its lack of anything specifically risque, older teens may get a kick out of it. (Think of it as a witty history lesson.) There's smoking and drinking -- champagne, wine, and bourbon, especially in scenes depicting the roaring 20s.
What other families should know
Too much sex
Too much drinking/drugs/smoking
Great messages
Kid, 11 years old March 3, 2012
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13
QUALITY
 

Midnight in Paris

This was a very good movie. It was about a guy who traveled back in time to be with iconic artists, writers, and actors. The only real problem was that there were a few references to 'making love' and some make-out scenes. Overall this was pretty much a clean movie. But some kids may not be mature enough to understand the content. It was worthy of it's Oscar nomination.
What other families should know
Too much sex
Adult Written bynormaking January 9, 2012
AGE
17
QUALITY
 

Boring

I'm sorry I couldn't watch the whole thing. I felt like I was watching high school students recite their lines--or making them up as they went along. The premise was interesting...

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