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MOVIE REVIEW

Little Women: A Modern Retelling

MPAA Rating: PG-13-Rating (MPAA) for some thematic elements and teen drinking.

Reviewed by: Melvin Godson
CONTRIBUTOR

Better than Average
Moviemaking Quality:

Primary Audience:
• Preteens • Teens • Young-Adults • Adults
Genre:
Drama Adaptation
Length:
1 hr. 52 min.
Year of Release:
2018
USA Release:
September 28, 2018 (wide—643 theaters)
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Relationships between sisters

Being an encourager and an inspiration to others

Being supporative to family members that are going through trials

How to avoid growing apart

Women in the Bible

Biblical women with admirable character, include: Mrs. Noah, Mary (mother of Jesus), Esther, Deborah, and Milcah, daugher of Zelophehad

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Featuring: Lea ThompsonMarmee
Ian Bohen … Freddy
Sarah Davenport … Jo
Lucas Grabeel … Laurie
Melanie Stone … Meg
Taylor Murphy … Older Amy
Bart Johnson … Papa March
Adam Johnson … Duke Senior
Allie Jennings … Beth
Michael Flynn … Mr. Laurence
Elise Jones … Amy
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Director: Clare Niederpruem
Producer: Main Dog Productions
Escapology
Paulist Productions
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Distributor: Pinnacle Peak Pictures, a division of Pure Flix

“New generation, same sisters”

The latest retelling of Louisa May Alcott’s Little Women introduces a young audience to an old classic with many familiar faces.

It’s the story of the four March sisters growing up together and dreaming of what their lives will become. We follow the sisters well into their twenties, some to marriage and parenthood. For the first hour or so however it felt like I was waiting for the movie to start. During that hour we are treated to cute but disjointed scenes from various time periods. Reaching backwards in time to fill in needed detail can be captivating. LITTLE WOMEN’s time leaps simply left us wondering what was going on. Eventually, the movie warms up as the characters grow up and their lives become more dynamic.

If your goal is clean family-friendly entertainment then “Little Women” gets high, but not perfect marks. There is one drunken night out and the beginnings of two high schoolers making out in a hallway. They don’t get very far, and it’s the limit of any type of sexual content. I don’t recall a single use of any foul language. There is romance in the story, and most of the men are perfect gentlemen. Some characters kiss.

Overall, the movie sets a high bar of what dating or courting can be. It might make for a great daddy daughter movie night with some teachable moments.

  • Sex: Minor
  • Violence: None
  • Profane language: None
  • Vulgar/Crude language: None
  • Nudity: None
  • Occult: None

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Comments below:
Positive
Positive—I found this movie very engaging and interesting. I enjoyed it very much. To me, the movie passed very quickly. From this movie, I can see how special having a sister could be. I highly recommend this movie.
My Ratings: Moral rating: Better than Average / Moviemaking quality: 4½
—Russ, age 65 (USA)
Neutral
Neutral—THE MOVIE WAS BORING. I wondered if it was just me being a middle age Asian guy from central China that made me not able to connect with the characters. When my 14-year-old, home schooled suburbanite daughter said, “It wasn’t even worth my popcorn,” I knew it wasn’t just my inability to relate. In all fairness, it does get better, but it starts off really slow.
My Ratings: Moral rating: Better than Average / Moviemaking quality: 2½
—M.G., age 56 (China)

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