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Family Movie Review: Belle (PG)

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MPAA Rating: PG        Length: 108 minutes

Age Appropriate For: 12+. The film is focused on a biracial young woman who was raised by her aristocratic British relatives in the late 18th century, so there is a lot of discussion about slavery and its place in the British empire, as well as a focus on the crew of a ship who drowned dozens of slaves on purpose. Also lots of racism, sneering talk of the worth of women, and a sexual assault in the form of groping (which you don’t see directly, but you do see the shocked face of the victim). The film is rated PG, but might be most appropriate for tweens and above.

An excellent period drama with fantastic performances and an insightful script, ‘Belle’ adapts the atypical true story of a biracial woman who was raised in the British aristocracy. Although often quite melodramatic, it’s more than charming and affecting enough.

By Roxana Hadadi

“Based on a true story” can sometimes be a film’s undoing, but not so with “Belle.” The period film tells the tale of biracial British woman Dido Elizabeth Belle, an illegitimate daughter of a British Navy officer who was raised by his aristocratic family. In being treated as an equal by her family, Belle was highly atypical—and the film version of her life does an excellent job demonstrating not only the injustice present in the United Kingdom at the time, but the beauty of her identity, as well.

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