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Family Movie Review: Les Misérables (PG-13)

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MPAA Rating: PG-13            Length: 157 minutes

Age Appropriate for: 13+. Some drinking and smoking and infrequent cursing, but a fair amount of sexual content and violence. Female characters are forced to become prostitutes, and those transactions are depicted, but with very little detail and no nudity, and there is also the suggestion of rape. The film also includes scenes of battle violence, so there’s bloodiness and mass killing, including children. And lastly, there’s also a suicide and a scene in the feces-filled French sewers.

‘Les Misérables’ is so ambitious, such a monumental attempt from director Tom Hooper and a great ensemble cast featuring great performances from Hugh Jackman, Russell Crowe, Anne Hathaway, Samantha Barks, et al. But its length and its cinematographic repetition keep the film from being flawless.

By Roxana Hadadi

“Les Misérables” is, as expected, as depressing as it is inspiring. You’ll cry as much as you’ll beam with joy. Both of those reactions may fade, though, as the film drags, quite noticeably, toward its conclusion, as you get tired of all the close-ups and the emotive musical cues and the wide, swooping pan shots. “Les Misérables” follows a very set formula, and by the end of the nearly three-hour film, you’ll know that formula. And you’ll be sick of it.

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