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In an old house in Paris that was covered in vines, twelve little girls lived in two straight lines. The smallest one in rain or shine was the fearless Madeline (Hatty Jones), and she is the heroine of this family comedy based on Ludwig Bemelmans' classic book series about a Parisian schoolgirl and her classmates.
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Critics Consensus: It may be a tad tedious for older viewers, but Madeline's clever, adventurous heroine is likely to charm its intended audience.
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Common Sense Says
Great adaptation for young kids and fans of the books.
What Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that, Madeline is a live-action adaptation of the classic children’s book about Madeline, a little girl who lives in a boarding school in Paris. This version presents Madeline as an orphan who expresses an awareness that she has no family and no real home. It also merges elements from the book Madeline and the Bad Hat, including the Spanish ambassador's son, Pepito. Suspenseful scenes include Madeline with appendicitis; an accidental fall into the river; a clownish but perhaps scary kidnapping; a chase with two kids on a motorcycle; and the threat of the girls’ school being closed. A caring woman dies after a long illness and a dog is lost (but eventually reappears). A few instances of insulting language, swearing, and a scene with the little girls having fun with their cook’s undergarments.
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- Release Date:July 10, 1998
- Languages:English, Spanish
- Audio Format:5.1
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