My Life as a Courgette Review: As Monkey is getting older we are starting to arrange family film nights. So I am always on the look out for a new film which I think maybe suitable, so when we were offered a chance to review My Life as a Courgette I hoped this would a great addition. Classified as a PG we always try to watch the film first before showing it to Monkey. This time I am glad that we did!

The film follows a little boy, after his mothers sudden death. Courgette is befriended by a police office, Raymond. Who accompanies him to his new foster home filled with other orphans his age. At first he struggles to find his place in this often strange and hostile environment. Yet with Raymond’s help and he newfound friends, Courgette eventually learns to trust and love, as he searches for a new family of his own.

Within the first few minutes I realised pretty quickly this is not a suitable film for a five year old. Well my five year old at least. I think the line which did it for me was ‘We are all the same there is no-one left to love us’. I know that would really upset him.  It does address things such as alcoholism, abuse and death. Although I know we can not wrap them in cotton wool I really do not want to expose Monkey to these subjects. Although there is of course a happy ending its getting past the rough bits to get there. Monkey is pretty sensitive but I would be looking at ‘tweens’ for this film. We also feel that you would probably spend more time explaining to a young child than watching it.

Saying that the animation is good and I like the bright colours and characters. There is obviously a lot of work which has gone into the film, which runs for 64 minutes. It has also has some great reviews. I just think that due to the nature of it, it sits on the higher age range of PG. It also made me cry… theres a surprise! I guess thats parenthood for you!

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  1. Ursula Hunt Reply

    Our favourite of the moment is Beauty and the beast, the cartoon version, its less scary

  2. Angela Treadway Reply

    Mean girls I just think its funny lol and the ultimate chick flick x

  3. john prendergast Reply

    My favourite is a clint eastwood film the good the bad and the ugly its a classic

  4. Tracy Nixon Reply

    Dirty Dancing – love the songs, dancing, stars and story!

  5. My all time favourite film is Groundhog Day.Not only is it very funny but there are some life lessons embedded in the story that I like to discuss with the children.

  6. fiona waterworth Reply

    Madmax it was the first film I ever saw with my husband

  7. Rachel Butterworth Reply

    The Goonies. It brings back nice childhood memories.

  8. Ruth Harwood Reply

    I love The Count of Monte Cristo because I’m a big fan of a good revenge story!

  9. Sophie Dolan Reply

    My favourite film would have to be Shrek. It’s just so funny and always makes my kids and I giggle.

  10. Victoria Prince Reply

    The Lion King because the songs have a real feel good factor and it takes me back to my childhood 🙂

  11. Simon Tinsley Reply

    Labyrinth. Either because of the songs or David Bowie’s codpiece. Or both.

  12. Rachel Craig Reply

    Mr Holland’s Opus. Entertaining, and has a message within it ( people, relationship/s, music).

  13. Christina Palmer Reply

    Ice Age because it is funny but also very heartwarming. I love Scrat

  14. Laura Pritchard Reply

    I love Forrest Gump as it has a great story, great actors, great soundtrack and is just amazing!

  15. Adrian Bold Reply

    Mine is Die Hard. Just a classic feel good action film with a lot of humour and iconic scenes.

  16. Watership Down. It has rabbits, drama, triumph-over-evil – what more could you want?

  17. Starlight is a great film – highly imaginative with great special effects and memorable characters.

  18. I love legally blond…sad, I know, but I love a good finding yourself film

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