(1943, PG) This film is full of quotes you probably didn’t even realize where they’re from, like “Here’s looking at you kid,” “I think this is the beginning of a beautiful friendship,” and “We’ll always have Paris.” Nothing says classic Hollywood like Casablanca.
The movie takes place in the beginning of World War II in Casablanca, Morocco. Jaded expatriate Rick Blaine (Humphrey Bogart) owns a nightclub there, which becomes a sort of haven for fugitives trying to escape to still- neutral America. He comes to be the owner of two letters of transit, which would allow whoever has them to travel freely around Europe and escape the Nazi’s.
One night, his former lover from long ago enters his night club, named Ilsa Lund (Ingrid Bergman). She arrives there with her husband, Victor Laszlo (Paul Henreid), much to the anger of Blaine. Ilsa eventually finds out that Blaine has the letters and tries to take them by force—but then admits that she still loves him.
Blaine must make a harrowing choice as he moves to help the woman he loves. Black and white, glamorous, and a classic for a reason, Casablanca will leave you believing in true love.
Commonsense Media gives this movie a 1/5 for sexual content, 0/5 for language, and a 2/5 for violence.
8. A Romantic Musical
The Greatest Showman
(2017, PG) If “The Greatest Show” is not stuck in your head immediately after reading the title, that’s probably only because you haven’t seen this movie yet. This dynamic and catchy musical stars Hugh Jackman as P.T. Barnum at the very start of his circus empire.
Young Barnum, at the beginning of the movie, falls in love with one of his poor father’s wealthy client’s daughter: Charity (Michelle Williams). Their shared dreams of what magic life could hold for them brings them together despite their class differences.
As they grow up, get married, and have two daughters, Charity is content with their simple, but beautiful, life. Barnum, however, wants more.
When he loses his job, he seizes the opportunity to strike out on his own and use his talents for showmanship and grandeur to create an unforgettable experience for his audience. As the show grows, he becomes more and more selfish, nearly leading to his career—and relationships’--demise.
A redemption story with an irresistible soundtrack, you and your significant other will be singing these songs to eachother for the rest of the week.
Commonsense Media gives this movie a 2/5 for sexual content, a 2/5 for language, and a 2/5 for violence.
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