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Under the Tuscan Sun Review

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  • 3.0

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    Mixed or average reviews
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  • 30

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    Wall Street Journal Joe Morgenstern

    Unforeseeably bad things can happen to good performers.

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  • 58

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    Entertainment Weekly Lisa Schwarzbaum

    The author was able to compensate for the book's plotlessness by contemplating other people leading full lives quite as important as hers. In Wells' movie adaptation, even the birth of a friend's baby becomes all about Frances and the play of emotions on Lane's busy, beautiful face.

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  • 75

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    USA Today

    A fun movie to sit through even when you don't always buy it.

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  • 75

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    Chicago Sun-Times Roger Ebert

    What redeems the film is its successful escapism, and Lane's performance. They are closely linked.

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  • 80

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    The Hollywood Reporter Sheri Linden

    All elements click in "Sun," a shimmering, deeply felt film.

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For Families provided by Common Sense Media

Iffy for 14+

Not much for teens in this book adaptation.

What Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that this adult story of grown-up entanglements and expectations isn't too likely to engage kids or teens. A few scenes include partial nudity; others depict sexual foreplay, passionate kissing, embracing, and playful post-sexual behavior. Language includes one use of “f--k,” several forms of “s--t,” and a few other words. Not surprisingly for a movie set in Italy, the characters enjoy wine freely (mostly while eating), and background characters occasionally smoke cigarettes. The supporting cast includes a number of gay and lesbian characters, including the main character's best friend. The movie avoids typical Hollywood stereotypes when it comes to these characters.

  • Families can talk about all of the advice that Frances gets. What does she learn from it?
  • How does the movie depict sex? How does that compare to depictions in other movies?

The good stuff
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    Messages: The movie's main message is that engaging in life brings opportunities for new experiences, second chances, and recovery from even devastating wounds of the heart. It also promotes the ida that trusting yourself in new placesand sometimes making unexpected choices can be beautiful and rewarding.

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    Role models: Frances is able to find inner strength after a difficult rejection. She learns to be self-reliant and to accept the fact that life has both disappointments as well as wonderful surprises. The movie refrains from obvious stereotyping.

What to watch for
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    Violence: A loud, threatening storm and the startling appearance of a harmless snake frighten the main character.

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    Sex: Some partial nudity in several scenes: An eccentric woman wearing only a strategically placed feather boa poses for a semi-nude artist; a couple engaged in passionate sexual foreplay begin to undress; a teen couple is seen briefly partly hidden by bedding while in the throes of lovemaking. The main character’s proposal of a sexual liaison with a new acquaintance is followed by non-graphic sequences of foreplay and post-sexual romantic behavior.

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    Language: Language includes words like “bastard,” “dyke,” “hell,” "damn," “s--t,” “f--k,” and “ass.”

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    Consumerism: Not an issue

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    Drinking, drugs and smoking: Characters drink wine and some liqueurs on many occasions, particularly at meals and in social situations. In one scene, an intoxicated woman cavorts in a fountain. Several European characters smoke cigarettes.