Midnight Masquerade

Movie review by
Tracy Moore, Common Sense Media
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Low-budget modern fairy tale is too boring for kids.
  • G
  • 2014
  • 82 minutes

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The parents' guide to what's in this movie.

Positive Messages

Waiting for true love; integrity; doing the right thing, even if it costs you your job.

Positive Role Models & Representations

Elyse is a hardworking and honest person who wants to do right by her family business and others; Rob is a hardworking guy who believes integrity and honesty matter in an industry where lying is commonplace. Other adults are simplistically evil, greedy, or selfish.

Violence
Sex

Man and woman dance together, flirt, kiss; discussions of true love.

Language
Consumerism
Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

Drinks at a bar.

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that Midnight Masquerade is a ho-hum modern fairy tale about a rich heiress who falls in love with a lawyer representing her company and his fight to win her over without risking his job or infringing on their professional relationship. It has some positive messages about doing the right thing and standing up for what's right even at great risk to one's livelihood, but it's not a particularly compelling romance for kids, either visually due to the low budget or otherwise due to the boring legal setting and copyright-infringement plot.

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What's the story?

Elyse (Autumn Reeser) stands to inherit a fortune and turns to her legal team to help ensure her family's candy business and its future. But when a lawyer on staff, Rob (Christopher Russell), falls in love with Elyse, he simultaneously uncovers a plot by his team to steal the company business for their own profit. Now he has a tough choice between pursuing the woman he loves and standing up for what's right, even if it means losing his job.

Is it any good?

For teens who might be interested in a fun romcom or the spectacle of fairy tales, there's a lot better out there. MIDNIGHT MASQUERADE attempts to move a fairy tale into the modern world and a modern setting by putting Mr. Right as a long-suffering lawyer who can't get ahead because of his boss' unethical favoring of his own sons, who do none of the work but take all the credit. Ms. Right is a modern entrepreneur who would rather grow her business than take a backseat, which is a positive depiction of women in the modern world. This setting introduces some positive messages about ethics in the workplace and navigating romance while maintaining professional distance. But the cheap sets and endless back and forth about copyright law, candy business sales, and the terrible scruples of lawyers are not likely to engage kids.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about the popularity of modern fairy tales. Why do you think they're such a hit?

  • Why do so many films portray the legal profession as so sleazy? Do you think that's accurate? Why, or why not?

  • Does the film show romance realistically? How many people would risk their job for a date, even if it was true love?

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