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

Parents say

age 15+
Based on 19 reviews

Kids say

age 14+
Based on 40 reviews

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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.


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.


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. Glimpse of a bare breast and male backside. Nudity in art, photos, and statues.


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


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. Glimpse of a bare breast and male backside. Nudity in art, photos, and statues. There’s lots of swearing too, including "s--t," "bitch” and "f--k."

User Reviews

  • Parents say
  • Kids say
Adult Written byThe bestttty April 23, 2021

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 pro... Continue reading
Adult Written byEpicReviews August 31, 2020
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, 14 years old Written byClorox bleach March 19, 2021

The grand Budapest hotel

I thought this was another good Wes Anderson movie and I recommend it.

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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