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Family Movie Review: Ginger & Rosa (PG-13)

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MPAA Rating: PG-13       Length: 90 minutes

Age Appropriate for: 15+. The movie is rated PG-13, but there are some thematic things involving the wild and free 1960s that may be overwhelming for younger teens. There’s discussion of the nuclear holocaust, some physical fighting between a married couple, an attempted suicide, lots of kissing and some implied sex, a sexual relationship between an adult and a teenager, some youthful same-sex feelings exhibited by one of the main characters, a teen pregnancy, some cursing, underage drinking, and drug abuse. It all fits in within the context of the narrative, but for younger viewers, it may be a barrage.

Much like ‘Not Fade Away’ attempted earlier this year, ‘Ginger & Rosa’ from established British writer and director Sally Potter tries to set us in the specific time and place of the 1960s. The film’s strongest elements are gripping performances from young actresses Elle Fanning and Alice Englert, who are mightily affecting.

By Roxana Hadadi

“Ginger & Rosa” is British writer and director Sally Potter’s most mainstream work yet, a film about two girls struggling to figure out the world during the tumultuous, traumatic days of the 1960s. For the most part, the film is emotionally impactful and believably tense—even though its parental characters are all cruel caricatures, performances from young actresses Elle Fanning and Alice Englert steal the show.

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