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Family Movie Review: Paddington (PG)

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MPAA Rating: PG       Length: 95 minutes

Age Appropriate For: 5+. The film is an adaptation of the books about Paddington bear, but with some changes: a parental figure dies off-screen; a married couple kisses; there is a drinking competition between two adults; there is a joke about prison rape and a gag involving a man cross-dressing and getting hit on by another man; some gross-out bathroom humor involving ear wax; and a villain plots to kill Paddington, as she has killed other animals.

The big-screen adaptation of ‘Paddington’ is both lovingly made and lovely, an extremely touching tale about the bear from darkest Peru.

By Roxana Hadadi

For big-screen adaptations of beloved children’s tales about bears, filmmakers are three for three! Four years after the utterly entrancing 2D-animated “Winnie the Pooh” and one year after the beautiful “Ernest & Celestine” comes the live-action “Paddington,” a lovingly made and lovely film that strikes just about the perfect balance of absurd, charming, and heartwarming. Quite undoubtedly, “Paddington” is a joy.

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