Kernel Rating (out of 5):
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.