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The summer's coolest movie. Read full review


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Anderson's best film yet. Read full review

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  • 5.0

    out of 100

    Universal acclaim
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  • 67

    out of 100

    Entertainment Weekly Lisa Schwarzbaum

    For some viewers, Moonrise Kingdom may be movie heaven, another bric-a-brac-jammed bauble to place alongside "The Life Aquatic With Steve Zissou" and "The Darjeeling Limited." Personally, though, I wish that Anderson would come out from under the glass, or at least change what he's doing under there.

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  • 80

    out of 100

    The Hollywood Reporter Todd McCarthy

    This is a Wes Anderson film -- more lightweight than some, possessing a stronger emotional undertow than others -- that will strike the uninitiated as conspicuously arch.

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  • 88

    out of 100

    USA Today Claudia Puig

    Literate, melancholy and magical, Moonrise Kingdom is quintessential Wes Anderson, infused with his brand of daffy wit.

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  • 90

    out of 100

    Wall Street Journal Joe Morgenstern

    Beguiling and endearing.

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For Families provided by Common Sense Media

OK for kids 14+

Typically quirky Wes Anderson dramedy has lots of heart.

What Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that Moonrise Kingdom -- a 1960s-set dramedy about two misfit tweens who run away with each other -- is, like most of director Wes Anderson's other films, atmospheric and loopy and moving: a mix that might confound younger audiences, even though the movie is about kids. Plus, the stories of their home lives are actually quite sad (one is an orphan; the other feels alone and misunderstood by her family). The young characters kiss each other, feel each other up, and are shown in their underwear. Swearing is pretty minimal ("hell," etc.), but there's some period-accurate smoking, and one 12-year-old character is served beer by an adult.

  • Families can talk about what Moonrise Kingdom is saying about the adults in these children's lives. Why do they seem so hapless? Are any of them role models?
  • Are Wes Anderson's movies funny, sad, or both. Why? How is his style of comedy different from other filmmakers'? How is this movie similar to and different from his other films?
  • Why are Sam and Suzy drawn to each other? What do they offer each other? Do they seem like real 12-year-olds?

The good stuff
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    Messages: Amid some characters' iffy choices and behavior are messages about the importance of marching to the beat of your own drummer. Also, that adolescence is tough, especially when the grown-ups around you haven't figured out their own lives. But a true friendship helps ease the journey.

  • rolemodels true1

    Role models: Yes, they're rebellious and not particularly concerned about others' feelings, but Sam and Suzy are interesting, unique, strong-willed young people who've found an ability to care -- at least about each other. Suzy's parents, on the other hand, have lost in touch with that skill. The movie's other main adult characters generally have good intentions, even if they don't always make the best choices. Kids are both cruel and loyal, depending on circumstances.

What to watch for
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    Violence: A tween stabs another with a pair of scissors (the aftermath is shown, but not the incident itself). While hunting down a runaway, characters arm themselves with makeshift clubs, axes, air guns, and the like. People scream at each other, and one character sports a black eye. A cabin explodes while a man is in it; also, a child is shown being hit by lightning. A dog is killed by a wayward arrow.

  • sex false3

    Sex: Two 12-year-olds kiss (with and without tongue), feel each other up while clad in only their underwear, and discuss the feel of an erection. A married woman cheats on her husband, though she's not shown doing anything with her lover besides holding his hand. She's also shown topless very briefly in a non-sexual, non-close-up way.

  • language false2

    Language: Infrequent swearing includes "goddamn," "damn," "son of a bitch," "hell," and "oh my God."

  • consumerism false0

    Consumerism: Not an issue

  • drugsalcoholtobacco false2

    Drinking, drugs and smoking: Two characters smoke pretty frequently (accurate for the movie's 1960s setting), and one serves a 12-year-old beer.