The French Dispatch

Movie review by Sandie Angulo Chen, Common Sense Media
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Common Sense says

age 15+

Nostalgic tribute to expat writers has nudity, language.

R 2021 103 minutes

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age 15+

Based on 3 reviews

Kids say

age 15+

Based on 11 reviews

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age 16+

I thought I was a fan.

I just want to add to the other reviews and include that once in the film it talks about oral sex very colorfully and another part briefly describes almost being raped but it worded with the f*** word. Full frontal nudity and under age girls breasts being shown. Age inappropriate coupling that includes a minor. All in all, I'm a pretty open parent and i'm so glad my 12 yr old refused to go with me!
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age 15+

Quirky, witty, star/studded visual feast

Fun addition to the Wes Anderson series, depicting stories from a fictional French outpost published in a Kansas print periodical meant to emulate 1960’s Paris and the New Yorker Magazine, respectively. Well-known Hollywood stars ranging from Timothy Chalamet and Frances McDormand to Tilda Swinton and Benicio Del Toro are too numerous to fully list due to the three separate stories - plus there is a delightful visual tour early in the film of publisher Arthur Howitzer’s world (Bill Murray) by Owen Wilson’s character. Violence is semi-comical (including the hilarious cartoon in the last segment), sexual humor is within the scope of Anderson’s high-brow humor and (sometimes full) nudity is non-sexual: artistic/aesthetic and, in one case, brief and comedic. Content, pacing and breadth of topics make this comedy suitable for mid-teens and up, as a perfect transition to the more adult-type films that the director has to offer. It is a visual treat, and could be enjoyed both in the theater and via repeat home viewings in order to catch all the details.

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