Parents' Guide to

The Grand Budapest Hotel

By S. Jhoanna Robledo, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 16+

Witty, whimsical farce with some cartoonish violence.

Movie R 2014 99 minutes
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age 15+

Based on 20 parent reviews

age 16+

This movie is PERFECT!

This is one of my favourite movies of all time, it’s soo good! I love every single character, I absolutely adore the cinematography and the shots style, the production design, the screenplay, the direction, the score, the costumes and the acting. It’s kinda of child story but for adults. It’s so funny, I laughed so much throughout the entire thing. It’s one I totally recommend but not for kids. It has: sexual content, foul language, violence, nudity and alcohol. I was honestly surprised by the amount of F - bombs, but Idc. 10/10 rated: R Absolutely incredible movie, go watch it!!
age 16+

Not worth it

Despite seeming whimsical and fun from the trailer and general sentiment in reviews, it was disappointing. Far too many sexual references and outright explicit talk. I couldn't make it past the first half hour. The worst part? For all I had to sit through, it wasn't even funny. The jokes are all related to sex (so if that's your thing, then by all means), or they're just not done right.

Is It Any Good?

Our review:
Parents say (20 ):
Kids say (52 ):

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.

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