Armed with good looks and devastating charm, manipulative journalist Georges Duroy climbs from the depths of poverty to the height of Parisian society, taking up with a variety of beautiful women along the way.
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Widescreen Anamorphic 2.35:1Subtitles
English, FrenchClosed captioned
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English: Dolby Digital 5.1Other features
Color; interactive menus; scene access; behind-the-scenes featurette.
Common Sense Note
Parents need to know that Twilight star Robert Pattinson further distances himself from the relatively wholesome role of Edward in Bel Ami, a strongly sexual period drama about a social climber who charms and seduces several upper-class women to live a life of luxury. There are many passionate sex scenes, several of which involve nudity (breasts and buttocks are visible). Language includes one "f--k," as well as insults about a character's humble background. Violence is relatively mild, but there's one fist fight and one disturbing scene when a man bloodily succumbs to consumption. Bel Ami isn't a film with positive messages or role models, but it could provoke interesting conversations about class, power, and sex.
- Sexual Content
- From the opening sequence, when Georges flirts with and eventually solicits a prostitute, Bel Ami is highly sexual. Nudity includes breasts, backs, butts, and basically everything except full-frontal genitalia shots. There are more than a half-dozen sex scenes, which range from semi-clothed romps to explicit depictions of lovemaking. Georges is a 19th-century gigolo and is depicted as irresistible to the wealthy women in Madeleine's social circle.
- Georges gets into a fight at a brothel/gambling hall, and one man dies from consumption in a bloody manner.
- One "f--k," plus insults like "whore," "idiot," and other derogatory terms.
- Social Behavior
- Bel Ami is filled with negative messages about class, fortune, marriage, and sexual relationships. The over-arching theme is that people born into money take it for granted, and those who have to work for their pennies (or francs as the case may be) will stop at nothing to keep their riches.
- Not applicable
- Drugs / Tobacco / Alcohol
- Several characters smoke cigarettes (accurate for the era), and there's a lot of drinking at the brothel and at every social gathering.
- Age appropriate
- Not an issue
- Depends on your kid and your family
- Not appropriate for kids of the age most likely to want to see it