The Grand Budapest Hotel

Movie review by
S. Jhoanna Robledo, Common Sense Media
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Witty, whimsical farce with some cartoonish violence.
  • R
  • 2014
  • 99 minutes
Popular with kidsParents recommend

Parents say

age 15+
Based on 15 reviews

Kids say

age 14+
Based on 29 reviews

A lot or a little?

The parents' guide to what's in this movie.

Positive Messages

Loyalty is a virtue and eventually the truth will out. Also, sometimes, memories are reward enough for all the troubles we go through.

Positive Role Models & Representations

Monsieur Gustave H. is eccentric and sometimes ostentatious, but he has a true appreciation for what makes life interesting. And he is kind to Zero, the lobby boy he takes under his wing. Zero, in turn, is devoted to his mentor.

Violence

Often cartoonish, but still quite gory in some parts: A man lops off another man's fingers in the process of killing him. A woman's severed head is yanked from a box. Another woman's dead body is shown, some high-speed chases via motorcycle and skis; in this pursuit, an assassin is bent on catching up to his quarry. Lots of verbal threats. Guns are fired and a cat is thrown out a window.

Sex

Very brief flash of a woman performing a sex act on a man. We don't see genitals. Much discussion of sex, but with euphemisms. 

Language

Sometimes coarse: "p---k," "candy ass," "sonofabitch," "s--t," "goddamn," "a--hole," and some homophobic slurs. Also "f--k," though not very frequently.

Consumerism

The Mercedes-Benz logo is shown.

Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

Lots of social drinking, mostly cocktails.

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that The Grand Budapest Hotel is another quirky, irreverent movie from Wes Anderson, but with more violence than his previous films. There’s some gory violence -- one character is a killer who attacks his prey with glee, stabbing them, cutting off their fingers. All of it’s cartoonish and exaggerated but still, expect blood. A brief scene depicting a woman performing a sex act on a man flits across the screen so quickly you can almost miss it, but it’s there. There’s lots of swearing too, including "s--t," "bitch” and "f--k."

User Reviews

Adult Written byslasher23 August 16, 2014
Sexual content a some violence a brief nudity a language a some drug.
Parent of a 15 year old Written bymerely_mere April 7, 2014
Teen, 14 years old Written bydoubleE March 16, 2014

Wes Anderson's new film is Brilliantly Fantastic

This movie Is just... Wow. There is very brief sexual content that you'll probably miss because the scene is extremely short. There is a totally inappropri... Continue reading
Teen, 13 years old Written by150quail March 7, 2014

Hilarious! Old comedy style makes me laugh

The colors and style is gorgeous and let me tell you that this comedy is great. The main character and his lobby boy are great actors and it kind of brings old... Continue reading

What's the story?

THE GRAND BUDAPEST HOTEL was once a magnificent establishment, luring the creme de la creme to this corner of Eastern Europe. But over the years it has fallen on hard times. Its owner, Zero Moustafa (played by F. Murray Abraham as an older man), is devoted to the place. Long ago, it was presided over by an elegant and eccentric concierge, Monsieur Gustave H. (Ralph Fiennes), who runs afoul of the authorities when he's accused of killing an elderly female guest (Tilda Swinton), who happens to have bequeathed him a very important painting. Her son (Adrien Brody) is convinced Monsieur Gustave is behind his mother's death and wants to block any inheritance meant for the concierge.

Is it any good?

The Grand Budapest Hotel is like a Faberge egg: so much whimsy and beauty and point-of-view wrapped up in a comparatively tiny 100 minutes. It's a witty, irreverent film, and just when you think you've regained your footing after yet another bizarre, hilarious and ultimately charming plot twist, it trips you up again. Director Wes Anderson creates such specifically visual, detailed, delightful movies, but there's plenty to think about too. While the film makes you laugh, it's also destabilizing you with resolutions that are fresh and complex. It'll make you think about friendship and loyalty, and transport you to a world that seems both strange and familiar. That's a feat.

Besides, how can anyone resist a cast this brilliant, including Bill Murray, Willem Dafoe, Jeff Goldblum, Edward Norton, and Saoirse Ronan? Though The Grand Budapest Hotel is larger than life and highly stylized, as is the case for most of Anderson's movies, it's also touching and thoughtful. Teens and their parents will find a good balance between the bizarre and the true, and may even recognize themselves in the hopeful, aspiring yet devoted Monsieur Gustave or his longtime friend, Zero.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about what binds Monsieur Gustave H. to his mentee, Zero. What is the film's take on mentorship?

  • The Grand Budapest Hotel is a comedy, but it's quite violent, too. Is cartoonish violence less intense than realistic violence?

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