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Release Date: July 06, 2012

Starring: Morgan Freeman, Virginia Madsen, Madeline Carroll, Emma Fuhrmann, Nicolette Pierini, Fred Willard, Kenan Thompson

Genre: Drama

Audience: Older children to adults

Rating: PG

Runtime: 109 minutes

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Language: LL
Violence: V
Sex: None
Nudity: None
MPAA RATING: PG
RELEASE: July 6, 2012
TIME: 109 minutes
STARRING: Morgan Freeman, Virginia Madsen, Madeline Carroll, Emma Fuhrmann, Nicolette Pierini, Fred Willard, Kenan Thompson
DIRECTOR: Rob Reiner
PRODUCERS: Alan Greisman, Lori McCreary, Salli Newman, Rob Reiner, David Valdes, Nicholas Chartier
EXECUTIVE PRODUCERS: Liz Glotzer, Jared Goldman, Martin Shafer
WRITERS: Guy Thomas, Rob Reiner, Andrew Scheinman
BASED ON THE NOVEL/PLAY BY: N/A
DISTRIBUTOR: Magnolia Pictures
CONTENT: (BB, LL, V, AA, M) Strong moral worldview; eight obscenities and three profanities including one ‘JC’ used by a child but very much rebuked, light crude commentary, male dog licks himself; old man shoots bullet in the air just to cause alarm; no sexual content but some kissing; no nudity; drinking and alcoholism but character quits by end; no smoking or drug use; and, mother and father are divorced and this leads to children being disturbed and questioning and lying, but bond between mother and teenage daughter is mended.
GENRE: Drama
INTENDED AUDIENCE: Older children to adults
REVIEWER: Evy Baehr
REVIEW: Morgan Freeman plays a down and out writer who finds inspiration from his neighbors in the MAGIC OF BELLE ISLE. THE MAGIC OF BELLE ISLE is a heartwarming family film but does have a dysfunctional family portrayal.
Monte Wildhorn is a famous writer who writes novels about the grand adventures in the West when cowboys roomed the lands. When his wife dies, Monte loses his inspiration. Moving to the small town of Belle, Monte has completely given up and become a grouch while drinking all day. The neighbors are curious about Monte and welcome him into their town, especially the family living right next to him, the O’Neal family, a recently divorced mother and her three girls: Willow, Fin and Flora.
Finn wants to be a great writer and storyteller, so she takes it upon herself to buy Monte’s time as a mentor. Monte accepts her offer because he wants the money for alcohol. The first task for Finn is to learn what imagination means. Although Monte is teaching Finn, he himself is growing and starting to imagine again.
Mrs. O’Neal decides to invite Monte over to dinner, and the two have a unexpected spark. Inspired by the evening, Monte starts to write again and this time as a children’s story where all the characters disguised as mice are really the O’Neil family. Starting to get the picture, Mrs. O’Neal realizes Monte likes her, and the two subtly connect just as Monte is helping her mentor the girls.
Willow, in her teenage years, is having troubles with her mother and the divorce of her parents, but after finding her mother’s old journal, she starts to connect. A sweet bond is created between Willow and her mother, once Willow realizes she can’t be angry with her.
THE MAGIC OF BELLE ISLE is more character-driven than plot-driven. The dialogue is a little talky, with many scenes of two people just having conversations. The acting is sometimes overdone and slightly unnatural. That said, the characters are very likeable and the movie’s tone is appealing.
THE MAGIC OF BELLE ISLE is a sweet story with a moral worldview connecting a family and giving life to a broken down man. By seeing the love the O’Neils have for each other, Monte is inspired to love and create. Also, a sweet bond is shown being restored between the teenage daughter and mother. Though this is the case, a key theme is divorce. The movie shows how bad divorce can be, but it also supports it in a way.
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Content:

(BB, LL, V, AA, M) Strong moral worldview; eight obscenities and three profanities including one ‘JC’ used by a child but very much rebuked, light crude commentary, male dog licks himself; old man shoots bullet in the air just to cause alarm; no sexual content but some kissing; no nudity; drinking and alcoholism but character quits by end; no smoking or drug use; and, mother and father are divorced and this leads to children being disturbed and questioning and lying, but bond between mother and teenage daughter is mended.

Summary:

THE MAGIC OF BELLE ISLE stars Morgan Freeman as a down and out writer who finds inspiration from his neighbors. THE MAGIC OF BELLE ISLE is a heartwarming family film but does have a dysfunctional family portrayal with brief foul language.

Review:

Morgan Freeman plays a down and out writer who finds inspiration from his neighbors in the MAGIC OF BELLE ISLE. THE MAGIC OF BELLE ISLE is a heartwarming family film but does have a dysfunctional family portrayal.



Monte Wildhorn is a famous writer who writes novels about the grand adventures in the West when cowboys roomed the lands. When his wife dies, Monte loses his inspiration. Moving to the small town of Belle, Monte has completely given up and become a grouch while drinking all day. The neighbors are curious about Monte and welcome him into their town, especially the family living right next to him, the O’Neal family, a recently divorced mother and her three girls: Willow, Fin and Flora.



Finn wants to be a great writer and storyteller, so she takes it upon herself to buy Monte’s time as a mentor. Monte accepts her offer because he wants the money for alcohol. The first task for Finn is to learn what imagination means. Although Monte is teaching Finn, he himself is growing and starting to imagine again.



Mrs. O’Neal decides to invite Monte over to dinner, and the two have a unexpected spark. Inspired by the evening, Monte starts to write again and this time as a children’s story where all the characters disguised as mice are really the O’Neil family. Starting to get the picture, Mrs. O’Neal realizes Monte likes her, and the two subtly connect just as Monte is helping her mentor the girls.



Willow, in her teenage years, is having troubles with her mother and the divorce of her parents, but after finding her mother’s old journal, she starts to connect. A sweet bond is created between Willow and her mother, once Willow realizes she can’t be angry with her.



THE MAGIC OF BELLE ISLE is more character-driven than plot-driven. The dialogue is a little talky, with many scenes of two people just having conversations. The acting is sometimes overdone and slightly unnatural. That said, the characters are very likeable and the movie’s tone is appealing.



THE MAGIC OF BELLE ISLE is a sweet story with a moral worldview connecting a family and giving life to a broken down man. By seeing the love the O’Neils have for each other, Monte is inspired to love and create. Also, a sweet bond is shown being restored between the teenage daughter and mother. Though this is the case, a key theme is divorce. The movie shows how bad divorce can be, but it also supports it in a way.

In Brief:

THE MAGIC OF BELLE ISLE stars Morgan Freeman as a down and out writer who finds inspiration from his neighbors. Monte Wildhorn is a famous writer who writes novels about the grand adventures in the West when cowboys roomed the lands. When his wife dies, Monte loses his inspiration. Moving to the small town of Belle, Monte has given up and become a grouch while drinking all day. Monte becomes friends with the family next door, a woman with three girls who’s getting a divorce. Monte teaches one of the daughters how to write. Another daughter is a teenager who’s upset about her parents’ divorce.

THE MAGIC OF BELLE ISLE is more character-driven than plot-driven. The dialogue is a little talky, with many scenes of people just having conversations. The acting is sometimes overdone and slightly unnatural. That said, the characters are very likeable, and the movie’s tone is appealing. THE MAGIC OF BELLE ISLE is a sweet story with a moral worldview connecting a family and giving life to a broken down man. By seeing the love the O’Neils have for each other, Monte is inspired to love and create.