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drama, romance

Chocolate is the beautiful and captivating comedy from the acclaimed director of the Cider House Rules! Nobody could have imagined the impact that the striking Vianne(Binoche) would make when she arrived in a tranquil, old-fashioned French town.

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common sense

ON for kids age 14
0 out of 5
Drinking, drugs, & smoking
3 out of 5
2 out of 5
Positive messages
2 out of 5
Positive role models
0 out of 5
2 out of 5
2 out of 5

Fabulous French fairy tale and romance for teens and up.

what parents need to know

Parents need to know that Chocolat contains positive messages about acceptance, living life to the fullest, and love. It also contains some sexual content (including a quick glimpse of partial buttocks) and discussions of illegitimacy. Domestic violence is a theme, and there are images of a physical attack, a bloody wound, and a frightening fire. A character dies peacefully. There are some occasional salty words ("hell," "damn," "piss"), and drinking (wine, spirits) is visible.

what families can talk about

  • Families can talk about the messages of the movie. Who is happy in this movie and who is not? What do you think the movie's message is about happiness? What else are the filmmakers trying to express?
  • What do you think about the priest's conclusion that we are judged by what we do and those we embrace rather than by what we stay away from and those we exclude?
  • Families might also want to talk about what some of the names mean in English. For example, reynaud means fox and roux is the base that holds a souffl together.

movie reviews from Rotten Tomatoes®

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Top Critic Reviews


- Alexander Walker, This is London, Thursday, June 24, 2010

Rotten: Suffers from disparate elements.

- Carla Meyer, San Francisco Chronicle, Friday, December 22, 2000

Rotten: If this movie were part of an assortment in a chocolate box, I wouldn't spit it into my napkin. But I wouldn't reach for it a second time, either.

- Desson Thomson, Washington Post, Thursday, December 21, 2000

Audience Reviews

4 stars

This always makes me want to eat chocolate. Yum. Johnny Depp helps with that... yum.

- MeetMeinMontauk, Thursday, January 7, 2010

5 stars

Brilliant movie, brilliant cast, and brilliant story blends with a tempting taste from all the chocolates into a great movie named 'Chocolat'... Juliette Binoche delivers a great performance as Vianne who try to keep her mother's secret recipes by travelling with her daughter from place to place until she arrives in a small and unfriendly French village for her... The other cast did a great job too, Lena Olin, Alfred Molina, Johnny Depp, Carrie-Anne Moss, and Judi Dench, and they're all deserved at least a nominee... But unfortunately only Judi Dench who got it because yes she is hard to resist... Overall it's a really tempting movie about chocolates, wrapped with a great story and great music too...

- ajaymuthecooldevils, Monday, December 20, 2010

4 stars

I thought this was gonna be a dumb romance, but this movie was really good. The true great thing is the music, the score was perfect if you ask me. I think they could've made the town brighter and more colorful if you get what im saying. The acting was great, and deserved more recognition. The plot was well done and fun. This was a very good movie, and I wish you see it.

- DreamExtractor, Tuesday, April 5, 2011