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The Chaperone (2019)

By Barbara Shulgasser-Parker, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 13+

Book-based tale of spirited teen and guardian; mature themes

Movie NR 2019 103 minutes
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age 17+

Based on 1 parent review

age 17+

Not Veryq good

Boring, not worth watching

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Twists and turns of this movie are alternately predictable and engaging, but for the most part the story seems a bit too timid and neatly tied up to pack the emotional punch it might have had. Performances by the endearing McGovern, who is around twenty years older than the book's character, and the cheeky Richardson are solid and admirable, but they can't overcome a sense that the script feels pat and obvious, relying on both a metaphorical and a real restrictive corset to remind us how repressed women of the time were.

That Louise will become an international film star whose persona embodied the iconoclastic flapper of the Jazz Age -- the precursor to the modern liberated woman -- gives the story more weight than it would otherwise deserve. The Chaperone's quick wrap-up suggests that Norma's snap decision to change her life (by breaking every rule that's guided her narrow existence) somehow results in a seamless transition from frustration and powerlessness to complete happiness and self actualization. That's a bit hard to swallow. The fact that her triumph runs simultaneous over twenty years to Louise's real-life collapse from celebrated star to the washed-up drunk who returned to Wichita in shame feels cheap and unearned.

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