The Magic of Belle Isle

Movie review by Sandie Angulo Chen, Common Sense Media
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Common Sense says

age 9+

Family drama has syrupy plot but fabulous performances.

PG 2012 109 minutes

Parents say

age 12+

Based on 1 review

Kids say

age 8+

Based on 1 review

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age 12+

Hard to pass on this one. Sweet family movie with caution.

Okay, This movie is one that has a great message, the parent in it shows a great role model for her children and the ones watching and for the parents watching. Morgan comes in with the ability to help the middle child find her imagination and gives him his want to live again. The children seem to have the respect for their parent. However, the mother is going through a divorce (The "ex" husband never appears. This leaves room for the mom to show interest in Monty (Mr. Wildhorn) and never making it inappropriate to show mom going on with her life.) and there is some frustration shown when he chooses not to be there for the children. But she tries not to put her troubles on the children. The unfortunate items in the movie are Morgan Freeman's drinking (only seen as a sleepy drunk one time and at others he just seems tired) not a whole lot of consumption but he does show how an alcoholic will even drink the drop left from the bottle in the garbage can, there is some foul language (which went over my child's head, Pheww) some that is quite harsh. But beyond that this is a really great feel good movie.

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Great role models
Too much swearing
Too much drinking/drugs/smoking

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