Parents' Guide to

The Majestic

By Nell Minow, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 11+

This corny movie may not appeal to kids.

Movie PG 2001 150 minutes
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For the first time, in The Majestic, Jim Carrey opens himself up to draw from a more vulnerable part of himself as he plays a character who literally does not know who he is. It is not a great performance, but it is a moving one, within the context of the story and as an invitation to share some of Carrey's own journey to a broader maturity as a performer. The Majestic shares this double layer of meaning because it is as much about the movies and the role they play in our lives as it is about the characters and the story.

Harry says that in a movie the good guy should always win, and this is a movie that Harry would love. It has enough of the guaranteed elements for warming the heart to please both the fictional studio executives in the movie and the real-life ones who got this made. And it presents these homespun values with enough sophistication (and a little bit of "just-kidding" ironic distance) to make it work. It plays with history and gets a little corny, but the movie itself has such a good time with it that the audience does, too.

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