Life Is Beautiful

1997 PG-13 1h 57m Blu-ray / DVD

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Life Is Beautiful

1997 PG-13 1h 57m Blu-ray / DVD
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A Jewish Italian waiter named Guido is sent to a Nazi concentration camp, along with his wife and their young son. Refusing to give up hope, Guido tries to protect his son's innocence by pretending that their imprisonment is an elaborate game.
Format
Blu-ray DVD
Screen
Widescreen 1.85:1
Subtitles
English
CC
Yes
Audio
Italian: Dolby Digital 5.1, English: Dolby Digital 5.1
Screen
Widescreen 1.85:1
Subtitles
English, Spanish (Neutral), English SDH
CC
No
Audio
Italian: DTS 5.1 HD
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 13+
Common Sense rating OK for kids 13+
  • Roberto Benigni
  • Nicoletta Braschi
  • Giorgio Cantarini
  • Giustino Durano
  • Sergio Bini Bustric
  • Marisa Paredes
  • Horst Buchholz
  • Lidia Alfonsi
  • Giuliana Lojodice
  • Amerigo Fontani
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age 13+

Common Sense Note

Parents need to know that the award-winning Italian import Life Is Beautiful is set during the Holocaust, and features some very difficult themes, including war, fear, and the loss of a parent. There are clear references to the atrocities being committed, but most of the focus is on the humorous efforts of a father to shelter his son from them. Drinking (wine, champagne) is visible in social settings; references are made to drunkenness.

Sexual Content

Some mild flirtations between Guido and Dora.

Violence

Threats of torture, hangings, and being murdered in gas chambers are discussed, and those who understand the Holocaust will get the gravity of these threats. Occasional bloody images are visible. Guns (rifles, pistols, machine guns) are visible; gunshots are audible. Tanks are visible. A major character dies.

Language

A few words like "ass" are visible in the subtitles.

Social Behavior

Love for family, country, and above all, the bond between father and son, are major themes here. Fascism is discussed, and the horror of the holocaust is also underscored.

Consumerism

Not applicable

Drugs / Tobacco / Alcohol

Champagne, hard liquor is visible at restaurants and social functions. Cigarette smoking is occasionally visible.

  • 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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