Parents' Guide to

Poor Things

By Sandie Angulo Chen, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 17+

Stone's brilliant acting drives bold, very mature dramedy.

Movie R 2023 141 minutes
Poor Things Movie Poster: Bella Baxter (Emma Stone), with a stylized river coming out of her chest

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age 17+

Based on 17 parent reviews

age 18+

Helping Pedophilia

30 years ago this would have been expensive porn with a good script. Now it's called art. The 2 biggest troubling things about this movie are how it almost disguises pedophilia by giving the "child" a grown body. Children can't consent because of the development of their brains not because the body is not developed. The reasons pedophiles argue against it being illegal is what this movie is all about. They believe children are sexual and it is natural for them to explore. The second is the double moral of claiming to be a female empowerment movie while at the same time using the female body to gain attention and views. Using the actress. This is what many actresses say they struggle with, that they can't get roles on less they are willing to undress. So the movie claims to empower women while at the same time, degrading them. Christians stay away.
age 18+

PORN- pure and simple

Is It Any Good?

Our review:
Parents say (17 ):
Kids say (9 ):

Stone proves once again to be an exemplary muse for Lanthimos' vision, giving a memorable performance as a scientific creation. Lanthimos is the sort of singular director who is difficult to feel indifferent about; his signature style is so over-the-top that you're either along for the ride or determined to ignore his filmography altogether. The director, using a script by The Favourite screenwriter Tony McNamara, wittily blends humor with sex and violence to reveal truths about humanity. There's a distinctively feminist gloss to this "daughter of Frankenstein" story, and a lot is owed to Stone's scenes with her father figure/doctor/God (it's literally his nickname), played by Dafoe, who's always extraordinary when he gives a role—no matter the size—his all. And Ruffalo is surprisingly believable as Bella's egotistical and possessive first lover.

The supporting characters similarly pack a punch in their small-but-mighty roles, particularly the inimitable Kathryn Hunter as a Paris madam, Jerrod Carmichael and legendary German actress Hanna Schygulla as Bella's new vacation friends, and Christopher Abbott as a sadistic military officer. Fans of Lanthimos appreciate his daring, unexpected storytelling, and this passionately made adaptation stays true to the book's themes as seen through his stylistic lens. Costume designer Holly Waddington deserves awards for her work, and the production designers have created a colorful, fantastical setting for Bella's adventures. While this movie is definitely not for kids, it's ideal for prestige-film-loving older teens and adults.

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