The Hunchback of Notre Dame - CONSIDER WATCHING WITHOUT YOUR KIDS BEFOREHAND
The Hunchback of Notre Dame is an outstanding and truly inspirational movie - with a few exceptions. The villain, Frollo, has a sexual, twisted longing for Esmeralda, the main character. One of the scenes, where he sings "Hellfire" may be slightly confusing for smaller children, as he pleads God to either kill or bring Esmeralda to him. And, in one of the earlier scenes in the church, Esmeralda encounters Phoebus, where they engage in a duel. At one point, Esmeralda gets out a "Son of a--" before Pheobus interrupts. Then, Frollo arrives and displays his lust for Esmeralda by clutching her from behind, rubbing his hand along her throat, and smelling and pushing his face into her hair. In addition, some parents might think that Esmeralda's dress is a bit too flashy and shows off too much skin, and her dancing is not appropriate. But, this is easy to explain for some by saying that it is her culture. The movie displays some violence as scenes depict a house, with a family inside, being burnt down, and France in flames. The film shows the glowing eyes of a devil stature, clinging to Frollo as he falls, flailing, into the fire hundreds of feet below. Overall, however, this movie has some inspirational role models. Esmeralda, compassionate, strong, and kind, shields Quasimodo from hurtful words and actions, and stands for justice. The movie teaches a very good lesson that we should not stand apart because of our differences, because they remain outside, not in our hearts. However, before you consider watching this with a child below twelve or even thirteen, judge it yourself and deem if it is appropriate for your child because of the sexual lust and violence.
This title contains:
Positive role models
Violence & scariness