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Overall C

Do you remember Maleficent? She was the horrible witch that put a curse on Sleeping Beauty. Now the much-maligned sorceress gets to tell her side of the fairytale. In this live-action film Angelina Jolie plays the evil enchantress and Elle Fanning the narcoleptic princess.

Violence C
Sexual Content A-
Profanity B+
Substance Use C+

Talk to your kids about…

Maleficent

Was Maleficent’s vengeance toward the king justified? Was his response? How does pride play into this plot?

What qualities does Aurora show toward Maleficent? How does her attitude affect the vengeful fairy? What can we learn from her example?

Prior to kissing Aurora the Prince remarks, “I hardly know her.” How is “true love” often portrayed in movies? Do you think it’s possible to experience true love? Does it always have to be within a romantic context?

Who is the protagonist in this movie? Do you think an “anti-hero” is a concept young children can understand?

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