1996 PG 2h 3m DVD


1996 PG 2h 3m DVD
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This adaptation of Jane Austen's novel about misguided matchmaking takes a comic look at the romantic meddling of Emma Woodhouse. Emma spends her time arranging friends' romances, never noticing that her own true love is right beneath her nose.
Jeremy Northam, Gwyneth Paltrow, Ewan McGregor, James Cosmo, Greta Scacchi, Toni Collette, Alan Cumming, Denys Hawthorne, Sophie Thompson, Polly Walker, Kathleen Byron
Douglas McGrath
Widescreen 1.85:1
English: Dolby Digital 2.0 Surround
PG - Some material may not be suitable for children. Parents urged to give parental guidance. May contain some material parents might not like for their young children.
age 11+
Common Sense rating OK for kids 11+
age 11+

Common Sense Note

Parents need to know that this sweet-natured period film may not have much appeal to tweens and younger. Teens, especially those enamored of Jane Austen's novels, on which this is based, might find it enormously appealing. It revolves around manners, society, and of course romance. There's much discussion about matchmaking but no onscreen canoodling. The only language issue is that some of the people circle around what they're trying to say without actually saying it, which may be confusing. Expect some social drinking; one character blames a social gaffe on having had too much wine.

Sexual Content

No sex, but many, many discussions about matchmaking, and with whom various people would be compatible.


Two genteel ladies are roughed up by a band of ruffians, until a gentleman comes to their aid.


No swearing. A key point of the film is that people rarely say what they really think, often leading to misunderstandings. People can also make very cutting remarks, cleverly disguised by wit, but barbed nonetheless.

Social Behavior

Love is not always something that can be planned out, and Emma's efforts to steer people together don't often end up as planned. Instead, love seems to sneak up on people without her aid. Even upon Emma, to her great surprise.


No modern consumer references, but much of the film is focused on planning, gossiping, and debating the merits of various relationships, based partly on love, and also on class distinctions, status, and wealth.

Drugs / Tobacco / Alcohol

Some social drinking. A gentleman's ardent, but unappreciated, declaration of love is blamed on an overindulgence in wine.

  • Age appropriate
  • Not an issue
  • Depends on your child and your family
  • Parents strongly cautioned
  • Not appropriate for kids of the age

This information for parents is provided by Common Sense Media, a non-profit organization dedicated to improving kids' media lives.

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