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Like Water for Chocolate Review

For Families provided by Common Sense Media

OK for kids 16+

Passionate tale of lost and regained love.

What Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that this is a mature and sensual movie. While not sexually explicit, sexual desire and threats of infidelity drive the entire film. It also includes a rather abusive (both physically and emotionally) mother/daughter relationship.

  • Families can talk about issues such as family duty, generational conflict, gender equality, and cultural traditions. Parents may also want to discuss how this film's use of magical realism differs from more traditional American writing and filmmaking.

The good stuff
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    Messages: While the film shows great passion and some very strong women, it also portrays a constant presence of infidelity on the part of both men and women.

What to watch for
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    Violence: The mother abuses her youngest daughter both physically and emotionally, attempted rape occurs, and someone catches on fire.

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    Sex: Constant sense of sexual tension, some overt moments of eroticism (but tasteful), male and female frontal nudity, and multiple instances of childbirth

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    Language: Not an issue

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    Consumerism: Not an issue

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    Drinking, drugs and smoking: Occasional drinking with meals and during rabblerousing by revolutionaries.