Parents' Guide to

Sense and Sensibility

By Ellen MacKay, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 11+

A lush and witty adaptation of Jane Austen's novel.

Movie PG 1995 136 minutes
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Community Reviews

age 11+

Based on 8 parent reviews

age 11+

Wish there were more movies like this

This is an excellent introduction to classical literature and will make reading the book for enjoyable for kids. There are so many opportunities to discuss the cultural differences between then and now.......especially the erosion of manners in current society. This is one of my favorite movies because I want to feel good at the end of a movie. I like to see characters evolve and rewarded for doing the right things.
age 13+

Great theatrical movie!

I think this is a great movie to introduce kids to Jane Austen. A bit of humor, heartache, drama, and love. Love the cast, the setting, and the music.

Is It Any Good?

Our review:
Parents say (8 ):
Kids say (17 ):

What makes this adaptation so endearing is its loving depiction of the Dashwood family as a high-spirited and supportive clan. Sense and Sensibility shows how women in upper-class Georgian England, though privileged, had relatively few choices in life. The beautiful, humorous movie creates a buzz of excitement around the Dashwood sisters' romantic intrigue. Some of the characters you'll love to hate (the Dashwoods' horrible sister-in-law and gloating Miss Steele), and others you'll absolutely adore (little Margaret Dashwood, the future pirate).

Romantics and anyone with a penchant for Jane Austen will have a ball with this film. For many fans, this a favorite to be watched repeatedly. For them, the movie strikes the same wistful chord as the blockbuster Titanic, and it even ends happily!

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