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  • R
  • 1h 52m
  • 2018
Certified Fresh87%
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After marrying a successful Parisian writer known commonly as "Willy" (Dominic West), Sidonie-Gabrielle Colette (Keira Knightley) is transplanted from her childhood home in rural France to the intellectual and artistic splendor of Paris. Soon after, Willy convinces Colette to ghostwrite for him. She pens a semiautobiographical novel about a witty and brazen country girl named Claudine, sparking a bestseller and a cultural sensation. After its success, Colette and Willy become the talk of Paris and their adventures inspire additional Claudine novels. Colette's fight over creative ownership and gender roles drives her to overcome societal constraints, revolutionizing literature, fashion and sexual expression.
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Rotten Tomatoes® Score

Certified Fresh87%
Critics Consensus: Formally familiar but a brilliant match for its lead, Colette is a thoroughly entertaining biopic and an overdue testament to Keira Knightley's underrated gifts.
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Common Sense Media

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Common Sense Says
Lots of sex in biopic about legendary French writer.

What Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that Colette is a biographical drama about French novelist Sidonie-Gabrielle Colette (Keira Knightley), who wrote mainstream erotica that turned Paris on its ear at the turn of the 20th century. As you might expect, there's lots of sex: marital, premarital, extramarital, opposite-sex, and same-sex. Most of it isn't gratuitous, but noises are heard, motions are seen, and there's partial nudity (bare breasts). There's also quite a bit of conversation about sex, but the words are so elegantly phrased that it doesn't seem quite as naughty as it must have been a century ago. Characters do curse, too, though, including "s--t" and "bitch." They also drink, yell at each other, and get into confrontations that sometimes turn physical. Colette is a free spirit who operates with integrity and without prejudice; she's portrayed as a strong, independent-thinking trailblazer who pushed the boundaries of women's sexual and professional roles in society, thanks in part to people who encouraged her to live authentically. It's historically fascinating, but the movie's mature themes and extramarital liaisons make it age-appropriate for older teens only.

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The parents’ guide to what’s in this movie.
Positive Messages
Positive Role Models
Drinking, Drugs & Smoking
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Additional Info

  • Genre:Drama
  • Release Date:September 21, 2018
  • Languages:English
  • Captions:English, Spanish
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  • Screen Pass Eligible:Yes
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