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Chaplin Review

For Families provided by Common Sense Media

OK for kids 13+

Bio of comic legend falls short of greatness.

What Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that this movie based on Chaplin's autobiography focuses on the great comic's life events, rather than his talent. Some aspects of his life are sad and disturbing, such as his mother's devolution into madness. Expect non-sexual female nudity and social drinking, plus references to women as "bitches," reflecting the inequality of the time.

  • Families can talk about what it means to be famous. How did Charlie's life change from his days in London to those in Hollywood? How did the public react when he expressed his political views? Was he unfairly targeted? How did he use humor to raise awareness? How is that done today?

The good stuff
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    Messages: Charlie's relationship with women is not always healthy. He seeks underage or younger women to consort with, though he usually ends up marrying them.

What to watch for
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    Violence: Not an issue

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    Sex: Some nudity: women getting into costume before going on stage are in various states of undress, plus a brief full-body female nude shot before bed.

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    Language: "Bitch" and "ass" used with moderate frequency.

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    Consumerism: Not an issue

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    Drinking, drugs and smoking: Some drinking of champagne and scotch in ballroom situations.