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Roman Holiday

drama, romance

A young princess, tired of the constraints her position brings, runs away. She doesn't know the man who befriends her is a reporter out for a story.

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common sense

ON for kids age 9
0 out of 5
Drinking, drugs, & smoking
1 out of 5
0 out of 5
Positive messages
1 out of 5
0 out of 5
1 out of 5
Positive role models
2 out of 5

A delightful classic that's perfect for family film night.

what parents need to know

Parents need to know that there's nothing very objectionable in this classic film. There's a scene in which the princess tries her first cigarette and another including a frenetic brawl on a barge. Both the male and female leads are good role models by the end of the film. Younger children will be able to follow the plot easily.

what families can talk about

  • Families can talk about the moral decisions the main characters have to make. Do you think Princess Ann made the right choice? Why did Joe Bradley act as he did in the beginning of the film? How about at the end? If you had an obligation to family that interfered with love, which would you choose?
  • How do you think this movie would be different if it was remade for contemporary audiences?
  • How do the gender roles shown in this film reflect the time in which it was made?

movie reviews from Rotten Tomatoes®

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    reviews counted: 12
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Top Critic Reviews

Fresh: Mr. Wyler and his associates have fashioned a natural, tender, and amusing yarn about the heiress to the throne of a mythical kingdom who is sick unto death of an unending schedule of speeches, greetings, and interviews attendant on her goodwill tour...

- A.H. Weiler, New York Times, Tuesday, May 20, 2003


- Andrew O'Hehir,, Tuesday, July 6, 2010

Rotten: Wyler lays out all the elements with care and precision, but the romantic comedy never comes together -- it's charm by computer.

- Dave Kehr, Chicago Reader, Monday, August 13, 2007

Audience Reviews

3 stars

I'm going to get an endless amount of shite about this, but I wasn't impressed

- kenstachnik, Saturday, March 20, 2010

4 stars

This is my first Audrey Hepburn movie and it was really really great! She and Gregory Peck represent what we call as true great couple. a real romantic classic!

- citawijaya, Wednesday, February 10, 2010

4 stars

Great debut for Audrey

- TomBowler, Thursday, January 28, 2010