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MARCEL THE SHELL WITH SHOES ON

"Funny, Poignant, Whimsical Fantasy"

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What You Need To Know:

MARCEL THE SHELL WITH SHOES ON is a live action Claymation comedy about a little seashell wearing tennis shoes who has been living with his grandmother at a rental house. Two years ago, the married owners had a big fight, and the man left. However, Marcel’s parents and brother, and their whole community, got scared, hid in a drawer and accidentally were scooped up by the husband. Marcel and his grandma befriend the latest renter. He turns out to be a documentary filmmaker who puts popular videos of them on the internet.

MARCEL THE SHELL WITH SHOES ON is cute, funny, winsome, and sometimes profoundly beautiful. There are also a few heartwarming, heartbreaking moments. The movie is an uplifting celebration of family, community and sacrifice. It also has brief but implied Christian content. For example, the tune of “Amazing Grace” is played at an important moment. MARCEL THE SHELL WITH SHOES ON has some light profanities and themes of divorce, old age and abandonment, however. So, MOVIEGUIDE® advises caution for younger children. The whole family, though, will be delighted by MARCEL’s happy, joyful ending.

Content:

(BB, C, L, V, M):

Dominant Worldview and Other Worldview Content/Elements:
Strong moral worldview celebrates family, community and sacrifice, with at least two light implied Christian, redemptive moments where a dying character steps into the light and another character plays the music from “Amazing Grace” on a little makeshift horn at the character’s passing

Foul Language:
No obscenities but eight light profanities (including six OMG profanities)

Violence:
An elderly sentient seashell injures her shell off screen (it gets a hole in it and a Bandaid is placed over the hole) and a character dies

Sex:
No sex

Nudity:
No nudity

Alcohol Use:
No alcohol use

Smoking and/or Drug Use and Abuse:
No smoking or drugs; and,

Miscellaneous Immorality:
One scene shows the title character looking through a window at the world outside and saying he feels connected in some way to everything in the universe, and celebrity seekers invade a YouTube celebrity’s privacy and their behavior makes the celebrity feels sad because it shows they don’t really care about him.

More Detail:

MARCEL THE SHELL WITH SHOES ON is a live action Claymation comedy about a little seashell wearing tennis shoes who lives with his grandmother at a rental house and who becomes friends with a divorced documentary filmmaker, who puts popular videos of Marcel online. A celebration of family and community, MARCEL THE SHELL WITH SHOES ON is cute, funny, winsome, and sometimes profoundly beautiful and contains brief though implied Christian content, but there are some light profanities and themes of divorce, old age and abandonment.

Marcel has been living alone with his grandmother, Nana Connie, in an Airbnb rental house in Los Angeles for two years. Two years ago, the human couple living at the house, Mark and Larissa, got in another of their frequent arguments. The argument scared Marcel’s parents, brother, aunt, and a gaggle of other seashells and disparate friends, and they hid in a sock drawer. Mark accidentally scooped them all up in a suitcase, and left Larissa for good.

Marcel tells all these facts to the new person renting the house, a documentary filmmaker named Dean. Dean decides to start filming and interviewing Marcel about his life. Sadly, though, Marcel’s grandmother, Connie, who tends a small garden for them, is showing signs of dementia. However, she’s still lucid enough to enjoy watching 60 MINUTES with Marcel, through their next door neighbor’s window. Their favorite person on the program is Leslie Stahl.

Dean’s short interviews and videos of Marcel on the internet become extremely popular. Marcel hopes the videos will help him locate his missing family. He and Dean show the photo Marcel has of Mark and his car. However, the fans of the videos don’t seem interested in helping Marcel locate Mark and find his family.

Marcel’s story takes some funny, amazing twists. However, when Marcel’s grandmother gets sick, her illness distracts Marcel from his desire to find his family.

MARCEL THE SHELL WITH SHOES ON is cute, funny, winsome, and sometimes profoundly beautiful. A good example of this combination is the movie’s central image of Marcel using a sliced open green tennis ball to move from one end of the house to another. The movie also has a few heartwarming, heartbreaking moments. Actress Jenny Slate, who created Marcel in 2010 with her ex-husband, Dean Fleischer Camp, and does a lot of animated voice work for TV and movies, adopts an endearing boy’s voice to play Marcel. Dean plays the documentary filmmaker who helps Marcel find his missing family and neighborhood friends.

The movie is an uplifting celebration of family, community and sacrifice. It also has brief though implied Christian content. [SPOILER] For example, Marcel plays the tune to “Amazing Grace” on his little makeshift horn when his grandmother passes away. However, MARCEL THE SHELL WITH SHOES ON has some light profanities and themes of divorce, old age and abandonment. So, MOVIEGUIDE® advises caution for younger children. The whole family, though, will be delighted by the happy, joyful ending in MARCEL.