Great Expectations

2012 PG-13 2h 7m Blu-ray / DVD

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Great Expectations

2012 PG-13 2h 7m Blu-ray / DVD
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Fate -- with a little help from a mysterious unnamed benefactor -- whisks young orphan Pip from poverty to a life of unexpected wealth. Filmmaker Mike Newell brings 19th-century London to life as never before in this adaptation of Dickens's classic.
Format
Blu-ray DVD
Screen
Widescreen 2.35:1
Subtitles
English SDH, Spanish (Neutral)
CC
No
Audio
English: Dolby Digital 5.1
Screen
Widescreen 2.35:1
Subtitles
English SDH, Spanish (Neutral)
CC
No
Audio
English: DTS-HD Master Audio
Rating
PG-13 - Some material may be inappropriate for children under 13. Parents are urged to be cautious. Some material may be inappropriate for pre-teenagers.
age 10+
Common Sense rating OK for kids 10+
  • Jeremy Irvine
  • Helena Bonham Carter
  • Ralph Fiennes
  • Holliday Grainger
  • Robbie Coltrane
  • Ewen Bremner
  • Jason Flemyng
  • David Walliams
  • Sally Hawkins
  • Olly Alexander
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Reviews

age 10+

Common Sense Note

Parents need to know that Great Expectations is one of many adaptations of Charles Dickens' classic novel about money and love and how one can't buy you the other. There's some violence in the movie, as characters die or are cruel and harsh with each other, and the language includes mostly insults like "cowardly," "stupid," and "common." This isn't a feel-good story, so be prepared to discuss the themes with kids unfamiliar with Dickens' books.

Sexual Content

A brief kiss is cut short by a woman who pulls away. Another young woman goes to kiss a guy who looks away and says he's not in love with her. There's also sexual tension/attraction, hand holding, dancing, and longing looks.

Violence

Several characters die -- most are killed. A woman burns to death; a woman being choked stabs her attacker in self defense -- one lives and one dies. A scary-looking man flips a boy upside down and yells threats at him. Two men wrestle and beat each other until a police officer stops them. A much older sister is cruel to her little brother, hitting him with a cane, shoving him, and scrubbing him harshly. A man is sentenced to death in court.

Language

Infrequent use of words like "damn" and "hell," plus occasional insults like "ungrateful," "stupid," "common," "cowardly," and other class-based comments.

Social Behavior

Although it's a sad story, there are important messages about material wealth having the power to corrupt. According to the story, money can lead to feeling trapped and limiting one's ability to empathize with others. True wealth, the story stresses, is that of generosity and love, as embodied by Joe.

Consumerism

Not applicable

Drugs / Tobacco / Alcohol

Young men of leisure drink, smoke pipes and cigars/cigarettes at their dining club; one man's tragic alcohol abuse is brought up. Adults drink/toast at a meal.

  • 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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