Sense and Sensibility
Adapted from Jane Austen's classic 19th-century novel of manners, this eloquent drama follows the dramatic lives of the three Dashwood sisters. Facing poverty after their father's death, the sisters are obliged to rely on the generosity of others.
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- Ang Lee
- This movie is
- 1996 BAFTA®
- 1996 Golden Globe Awards
- Best Motion Picture (Drama)
- Best Supporting Actress in a Motion Picture nominee
- Best Actress in a Motion Picture (Drama) nominee
- Best Director (Motion Picture) nominee
- Top 100 Passions
- Top 100 Movies nominee
Portuguese, Korean, Chinese Simplified, Spanish (Neutral), Thai, EnglishClosed captioned
YesLanguage and sound
Spanish (Neutral): Dolby Digital 2.0 Surround, Portuguese: Dolby Digital 2.0 Surround, English: Dolby Digital 5.0, English: Dolby Digital 2.0 SurroundOther features
A wonderful showcase for this wonderful film. There's a lovely widescreen with Dolby Surround Sound and Dolby 5.1 sound. Subtitles are in English, Spanish, Portuguese, Chinese, Korean and Thai. The "special features" are truly special -- there's a commentary from star and screenwriter Emma Thompson and producer Lindsay Doran, and another commentary from director Ang Lee and co-producer James Schamus. Also included -- delightfully -- is Thompson's Golden Globe speech, in which she accepts the award for best screenplay and says her thank-you's as she imagines Jane Austen would have; it's a winning and funny moment. The original trailer is included as well.
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Common Sense Note
Parents need to know that there's nothing really objectionable for younger kids in this movie, but the plot may be too sophisticated for them to follow, and the film features some emotional intensity. Characters drink wine at dinner and on social occasions; during one dinner, an older couple drinks wine and acts intoxicated as they giggle and gossip and make jokes at the expense of one of the characters. There also are tame discussions of characters who leave town when their lovers become pregnant. In one scene, a female dog is referred to as a "bitch."
- Sexual Content
- Tame discussions of characters who leave town when their lovers become pregnant. Intense discussions of poetic love, exemplified in Shakespeare's sonnets and in the intensity of the character Marianne.
- Not applicable
- In one scene, a female dog is referred to as a "bitch."
- Social Behavior
- The importance of family is shown through example, as the sisters face numerous crises of the heart. Discretion is shown to be more favorable than gossip, as the evils of gossip are shown through the behavior of some of the characters. The powerful nature of love is a strong theme.
- Not applicable
- Drugs / Tobacco / Alcohol
- Characters drink wine at dinner and at social occasions; during one dinner, an older couple drinks wine and acts intoxicated as they giggle and gossip and make jokes at the expense of one of the characters.
- 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