Reviewed by: Maggi
difficulties of post-Civil War New England
Louisa May Alcott (novelist)
pregnancy and childbirth
marriage in the Bible
What does the Bible say about marriage? Answer
What about feminism and women’s lib? Answer
growing up / coming of age
may december romance
What should a Christian do if overwhelmed with depression? Answer
Why does God allow innocent people to suffer? Answer
What about the issue of suffering? Doesn’t this prove that there is no God and that we are on our own? Answer
Does God feel our pain? Answer
Did God make the world the way it is now? What kind of world would you create? Answer
Winona Ryder … Jo March
Kirsten Dunst … Younger Amy March
Claire Danes … Beth March
Christian Bale … Laurie
Susan Sarandon … Mrs. March
Gabriel Byrne … Friedrich Bhaer
Trini Alvarado … Meg March
Samantha Mathis … Older Amy March
Eric Stoltz … John Brooke
John Neville … Mr. Laurence
Mary Wickes … Aunt March
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Columbia Pictures Corporation
Denise DiNovi … producer
Robin Swicord … co-producer
Warren Carr … associate producer
“The story that has lived in our hearts For generations”
In a world where most movies contain premarital sex, vulgar language, sexual innuendo, homosexuality, and other acts of the sinful nature, it is refreshing to see that there are still some morally solid and entertaining family films. “Little Women” is one of them.
Based on the classic novel by Louisa May Alcott, “Little Women” revolves around the four March sisters: Meg, Jo, Beth, and Amy, as they grow up in a post-Civil War New England. We watch them grow from little girls into mature young women, and see them as they experience both life and love. Meg (Trini Alvarado) is the conservative sister whose wish it is to find a man and settle down. Jo (Winona Ryder) is the tomboy who has dreams of becoming a writer in a male dominated society. Amy (Kirsten Dunst, Samantha Mathis) is the “brat” of the family who turns into a lovely young woman. And Beth (Claire Danes) is the frail sister who only cares about serving others and eventually pays the ultimate price for doing so.
There are many Christian aspects to “Little Women”… the relationships shown between Meg and her soon-to-be-husband, plus that between Jo and Professor Baehr (Gabriel Byrne), show no signs of immorality. Secondly, the girls are homeschooled (though that may have been the norm or more common in that period of time). Thirdly, Beth shows true Christianity in serving others, especially their Hummel family neighbors. She even goes as far as giving up her breakfast so that they may eat. Even when she suffers for her good deeds, she never complains or shows one ounce of regret. The sisters also sacrifice what little money they have so that their mother may have some new things. And finally, Jo learns that its better to just be who God meant for you to be, no matter what others say or do. There’s no use in pretending.
The film covers all kinds of ground, from family relationships to friendships to marriage to following your dreams. I’m sure that every girl who watches this will be able to identify with at least one of the little women.
There is absolutely no foul language used in this movie, and it’s very refreshing to see both a healthy, loving family relationship like the March family, as well as moral relationships between the men and the women in the film. I highly recommend this movie to men and women, young and old. Maybe if society would support more movies like this one, Hollywood would make more of them!
See list of Relevant Issues—questions-and-answers.