A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this movie.
People don't need to pretend they're something they're not in order to bring meaning to their lives.
Positive Role Models
A man loves a new woman but sleeps with his old girlfriend. Fickle villagers are willing to change their cultural affiliation at the drop of a hat.
Violence & Scariness
Men plant a bomb in a church. Before it goes off someone throws it in a field, where it's reported that sheep are killed. A man sells weapons he found in a ditch on the black market.
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
A woman's breast is seen briefly. A couple is seen kissing, about to make love in their underwear. A man who is in love with another woman sleeps with his old girlfriend.
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"F--k," "s--t," "bastard," crap," ""piss," "ass," "hell," and "damn."
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Drinking, Drugs & Smoking
Adults drink alcohol and smoke marijuana and cigarettes. A bartender offers customers "speed, coke, meth, and marijuana."
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that The Little Switzerland, a 2019 Spanish comedy, makes a satirical statement about ancestral and cultural Spanish identities that will probably seem unfamiliar to most American audiences. A fictional Spanish village has been trying unsuccessfully to join the Basque Country (a separate cultural and political entity within Spain) but when an archeological discovery dating to the 15th century is made at the local church, the mayor and townsfolk pivot and lobby to attain Swiss status, partly for tax purposes. Adults are seen kissing and a breast is seen. A man who is in love with another woman sleeps with his old girlfriend. Adults smoke cigarettes and marijuana and drink alcohol. Language includes "f--k," "s--t," "bastard," "ass," and "damn." Men plant a bomb in a church. Before it goes off someone throws it in a field, where it's reported that sheep are killed. A man sells weapons he found in a ditch on the black market. To stay in the loop on more movies like this, you can sign up for weekly Family Movie Night emails.
Is It Any Good?
This confusing, odd movie is unlikely to interest teens. The Spanish townspeople of The Little Switzerland are presented for the most part as petty idiots who long to be aligned with the Basque culture of Spain and then just as ardently switch their collective longing to a desire to become Swiss, and there's only so much time viewers are likely to want to spend time with idiots. A comic score accompanies the shenanigans, with jaunty tunes that make the foolish people seem even more foolish, so there really is no character to care about nor any outcome to wish for.
Teens, like most who try to watch this, will probably be mystified by the fuss about the Basque and then Swiss yearnings. Perhaps a short course on the history of Europe could explain the nuances, but the quality of this movie is unlikely to inspire anyone to make the effort.
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