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Family Movie Review: A Letter to Momo (NR)

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MPAA Rating: NR       Length: 120 minutes

Age Appropriate For: 10+. The film is NR, but its content is worthy of a PG rating. The protagonist’s father dies in the film; the guardians that come to protect her are weird-looking imps that are rude, fart often, and steal food (and you see the butt of one while he’s in the bathroom); and there is the discussion of grief and the appropriate way to accept the death of a loved one.

The animated film ‘A Letter to Momo’ mixes a lot of different realistic and uncanny elements—a consideration of the afterlife, monstrous imps—to explore childhood grief. Although the film drags on a bit too long, its ideas hit close to home.

By Roxana Hadadi

A children’s movie about the death of a parent is not a unique concept. Take a look at all the classic Disney movies and you’ll be surprised by how many of them have single parents: Simba watches his father die, the death of Cinderella’s mother leaves her with the wicked stepmother and stepsisters, Ariel’s father just doesn’t understand her. So the Japanese animated film “A Letter to Momo,” in which 11-year-old Momo is being raised alone by her mother, isn’t atypical; how the film treats the grieving process, and the way it allows its main character to work through her feelings, is.

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