A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this movie.
Celebrates teamwork and acknowledging how many people it takes to make a movie, as well as how many people it takes to raise money for a movie. (Though this theme is somewhat subverted when Gene enters the editing room and appears to be all on his own for the last step.) But it's also about being given a chance by someone who believes in another person's talent or ability.
Positive Role Models
While Gene and Nathalie are both likable characters and hard workers, their success is due in large part to getting their "big break," being in the right place at the right time. But Pompo is the ideal of how a big boss ought to be: She interacts with everyone who works for her, shows kindness, and is interested in hearing opinions other than her own.
The movie was made in Japan, but the characters are neutral in their nationality. The movie is available in both the original Japanese and dubbed; the perception of cultural representation will likely depend on which language is being spoken/heard. Pompo is a powerful female character who defies the stereotypes that might be associated with her doll-like looks -- she's definitely in charge of her own destiny.
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Violence & Scariness
Moments of tension, anxiety, panic, anguish, etc. A character collapses from exhaustion and goes to the hospital.
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
Voluptuous, long-haired woman is sexualized; she's shown in a bikini, the bottom of which is snapped against her rear. A giant octopus squeezes her breasts, and they rise and jiggle; cleavage visible while wearing robe. She's described as being "sexy" and having "sex appeal." "Cute asses" are referred to.
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A use of "s--t," a use of "ass," a use of "damn."
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Products & Purchases
Main character drinks many sodas; label is in Japanese, but the logo is very Pepsi-like.
Drinking, Drugs & Smoking
Spoken references to drinking. A character declares "we drink till dawn!" but is told "no you won't." At a party, a character says, "let's drink!" Character taking prescription meds.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Pompo the Cinephile is an anime movie based on a 2017 manga about a powerful movie producer who gives both a young director and a young actor their first big breaks. One character, a voluptuous movie starlet, is sexualized: She's shown wearing a bikini, the bikini bottom is snapped against her flesh, and her breasts are squeezed and jiggled by a sea monster. She's called "sexy," and the phrases "sex appeal" and "cute asses" are used. "S--t" and "damn" are also heard at least once each. There are spoken references to drinking, and a character takes prescription medication. Violence isn't an issue, but characters are frequently stressed out, showing tension, anxiety, panic, anguish, etc. The movie will most likely appeal to die-hard movie lovers (and those interested about behind-the-scenes movie magic), but it's packed with dazzling visuals and lovable characters. To stay in the loop on more movies like this, you can sign up for weekly Family Movie Night emails.
Is It Any Good?
A beautiful, kinetic Valentine to movies and the love of movies, this film isn't very deep (or universal), but it celebrates artistic inspiration, collaboration, and craft with passion and joy. Based on a manga series that began in 2017, Pompo the Cinephile is a little overwhelming at first. Gene looks as if he's locked in fear, with permanent dark circles under eyes eyes. And it's difficult to describe exactly how Pompo fits into this otherwise fairly realistic story: Her appearance and voice suggest that she's a young girl, and yet she's a natural leader and decision-maker, with apparently no need to go to school or be a kid.
Then there's Mystia, who initially seems to be around for her voluptuous figure, flowing blonde hair, and little else. But hang in there -- the movie's characters tend to find their groove and become almost like a sweet little family. And Pompo the Cinephile doesn't forget to be a movie, either. Its montages and juxtapositions and visual flourishes are always ebullient and grand, especially the sequences in which Gene edits, slicing through giant strips of film. This is a movie that loves everything about movies, from cheesy monsters to Oscar-winning performances, from trailers to features, all the way up to Cinema Paradiso itself. If you haven't already been bitten by the movie-loving bug, it might not mean much, but if you have, Pompo will have you smiling for 90 solid minutes.
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