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Family Movie Review: Bless Me, Ultima (PG-13)

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MPAA Rating: PG-13       Length: 107 minutes

Age Appropriate for: 12+. Some cursing, violence (a man being shot and another attacked by an animal), discussion of drinking and a brothel in the town, and questioning of the meaning and purpose of God; also some creepy imagery of witches and a man missing an eye. The film is rated PG-13 primarily because of these religious themes, while so mature, younger children may be able to handle it, it might be best for teenagers.

‘Bless Me, Ultima’ is a more serious movie than you would normally expect as a family-viewing experience, but its themes about religion, nature, and the purpose of life are subtle and engaging. It’s not a perfect adaptation of the original novel, but for children wondering about their faith, it may hit home.

By Roxana Hadadi

Admittedly, the 1972 novel “Bless Me, Ultima” by Rudolfo Anaya is not going to be everyone’s cup of tea. The Chicano work, which explores the difference between traditional Native American culture and Catholic beliefs, may not appeal to those disinterested in matters of faith. But if you are looking for a different kind of insight, then the film adaptation of “Bless Me, Ultima,” is a delicate, poignant look at the overlap between the freeness of nature and the rigid structure of society.

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