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Family Movie Review: Diana (PG-13)

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MPAA Rating: PG-13         Length: 105 minutes

Age Appropriate For: 13+. A couple of curse words; some implied sexual content, characters shown in bed together (not naked), and jokes and talk about sex; and, of course, the tragedy of Princess Diana’s death. Probably most suitable for older teenagers who might be more aware of who she was and the impact her death had on a world fascinated—as we are again, with Princess Kate—by Britain’s monarchy.

‘Diana’ feels simultaneously enlightening and unnecessary. Supposedly an expose on the late Princess Diana’s love affair with Pakistani surgeon Hasnat Khan, how much you enjoy the film depends on how much you cared for Diana and how much you believe journalist Kate Snell’s story, both feelings which may be hindered by the film’s overly melodramatic script.

By Roxana Hadadi

I remember exactly where I was when Princess Diana died, even though I was only 9 years old, obviously didn’t know that much about her divorce from Prince Charles, and was an American suburban child. I remember sobbing when I heard, and my mother coming in and sobbing with me, and watching the funeral and sobbing some more. I—romantic, sentimental, invested in Diana’s life and death—am exactly the right kind of viewer for director Oliver Hirschbiegel’s film “Diana.” But the film itself only moved me to tears once. The rest of the time, I was too busy rolling my eyes at the melodrama of it all.

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