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Family Movie Review: The Great Gatsby (PG-13)

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MPAA Rating: PG-13       Length: 143 minutes

Age Appropriate for: 13+. “The Great Gatsby” is probably on every high school reading list, and the film is very, very accurate to the book, so it has a car accident resulting in someone’s death, a shooting death, and a suicide; some implied sexual activity (you hear a couple making love in another room, and in another scene a couple in bed, kissing); some mild cursing (no f-word or s-word); and lots and lots of drinking. But nothing is overdramatized or exploited for the film’s benefit; it is exactly as it was in Fitzgerald’s novel.

Baz Luhrmann’s ‘The Great Gatsby’ has suffered from negative skepticism for months, from those who don’t think the director prone to opulence and decadence could get The Great American Novel right. Well, they’re somewhat correct—Lurhmann’s ‘Gatsby’ isn’t perfect, suffering from a few adaptation choices that are laughably bad. But the majority of the time, it’s admirably beautiful and sad, and benefits from a stellar performance from Leonardo DiCaprio in the title role.

By Roxana Hadadi

Who could have guessed that director Baz Luhrmann’s “The Great Gatsby” would be a version for F. Scott Fitzgerald purists? The man behind the lush, hyperkinetic “William Shakespeare’s Romeo + Juliet” and “Moulin Rouge!” basically throws a glitter bomb all over “The Great Gatsby,” but he’s aware of the sadness and melancholy of the book, too, not just its decadence. His cinematic vision is one that respects Fitzgerald’s, one that strives to understand the depths of Gatsby’s “ghostly heart.”

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