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Les Miserables

Released

Latest Home Video

Mar 22, 2013

MPAA Rating:

PG-13


Run Time:

158

Director

Tom Hooper

Cast

Hugh Jackman

Russell Crowe

Anne Hathaway

Amanda Seyfried

Studio

2012 Universal Pictures

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Still shot from the movie: Les Miserables.

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Overall B
ViolenceC-
SexC-
LanguageC+
Drugs/AlcoholC+
Run Time158

Making the Grades

Published 150 years ago, Victor Hugo’s Les Misérables remains one of the most powerful accounts of justice and mercy in all of literature. Now Director Tom Hooper’s film adaptation of the musical version of this story promises audiences a compelling telling of this tale.

Yet despite the incredible musical score and a song designed for comic relief, Les Misérables deals with mature themes in desperate times. The portrayals of child abuse, prostitution, and a bloody rebellion may make this story too explicit for many younger viewers. However the unnecessary inclusion of a moment of sexual activity during the sole scene of comedy is the greatest factor in not being able to broadly recommend this film. But for adults and older adolescents, the narrative of Jean Valjean’s unjust imprisonment and ultimate redemption remains as forceful as ever.

Released from jail after serving nearly two decades for stealing a loaf of bread to feed his starving family, Jean Valjean (Hugh Jackman) finds the outside world as inhospitable as his prison cell. Forced to carry papers that identify him as an ex-criminal he can find neither work nor friend until a generous priest invites him to sleep inside a church. As repayment for the hospitality, Jean waits until his host is asleep and then stuffs the church’s silver into a bag before stealing away. When he is apprehended by the local authorities and returned to the Bishop of Digne (Colm Wilkinson) the man of the cloth, rather than revealing the truth, instead chides Jean for forgetting the silver candlesticks and sets him free. This one act of kindness in an otherwise cruel world offers a rebirth to the broken man.

Years later as a successful businessman living under the alias of Monsieur Madeleine, Jean has the opportunity to reciprocate this kindness by offering mercy to one of his former employees who is driven to despair and prostitution by her vicious coworkers. As Fantine (Anne Hathaway) lies dying, Jean promises to find her daughter Cosette (played by Isabelle Allen and Amanda Seyfried) and raise her as his own. However, even while the reformed man attempts to fulfills his promise, he is haunted by his past in the form of Inspector Javert (Russell Crowe), a zealous police officer with an aim to find and punish Jean for breaking parole.

Intermingled with the main plot are the stories of the unscrupulous innkeepers Madame Thénardier (Helena Bonham Carter) and her husband (Sacha Baron Cohen) who rifle through their customers’ pockets as soon as they step into their establishment, the bloody 1832 June Rebellion in Paris staged by a group of students and the unrequited love of Éponine Thénardier (Samantha Barks) for rebel Marius Pontmercy (Eddie Redmayne).

Actress Anne Hathaway and others better known for their Hollywood movie roles bring this evocative musical adaptation to the theater with their passionate performances set in a dreary era of social injustice. With strong moral dilemmas and personal heart wrenching dramas, Les Misérables’ complex characters and scenarios can push audiences to consider their own level of human compassion. Just leave the kids at home for this heavy tale.

Discussion Ideas After The Movie

Teaching ideas and topics to discuss about Les Miserables.

While it is impossible to help everyone, what does this story say about the value of being willing to help even one person? What difference does the Bishop’s kindness make in Jean Valjean’s life? What moral obligations does Jean feel toward his fellowman following his own redemption? Why do you think he is willing to risk his own security so a wrongfully accused man can go free?

How do the values of mercy and justice juxtapose one another in this story? Why is Javert so driven to punish Jean Valjean? Who is willing to extend mercy?

The group of rebel students who stage the June Revolution of 1832 want to cut down the wealthy in their society. While this inclusion of a bit of history in Victor Hugo’s novel speaks to the desperation of the times, how is this rebellion similar to others throughout time, including the Occupy Wall Street movement? What was the outcome of the students’ rebellion? Would there have been a way to get their point across more successfully? What, if any, responsibility do each of us have to ensure social justice in our society?

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Canadian Movie Ratings

BC
SK
PG Violence, Sexually Suggestive Scenes.
AB PG Violence, Not Recommended For Young Children.
MB 14A
ON PG Mature Theme, Violence, Language May Offend.
QC G Not Recommended For Young Children.
NB
NS
NL
PE
PG

Canadian Home Video Rating: PG

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Home Video Notes: Les Misérables

Release Date: 22 March 2013

Les Misérables releases to home video (Blu-ray/DVD/Ultraviolet Digital Copy) with the following extras:

- Feature Commentary with Director Tom Hooper

- The Stars of Les Misérables

- Creating the Perfect Paris

- The Original Masterwork

- Les Misérables Singing Live

- Battle at the Barricade

- The West End Connection

- Les Misérables on Location

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amboo says: Dec. 27, 2012

We took our 3 children who are ages 15, 12, and 11. We had seen the play and love it.  We all loved this movie.  We checked out parent preview first but it did not have much on there as far as details.  There is a part where a girl who has to sell her body for money is laying down on a bed and he lays on her for a little bit. He is moving.  They do fuzz it but it depicts her humiliation of just laying there and letting him.  There is also a part after everyone dies and the street is full of blood.  Those were the two parts I would have liked to know about ahead of time.  I do not know if I would have allowed my 11 year old to see it.  Just make sure your kids who are older know that this is a musical so most of it’s singing . It is called The Miserable for a reason.  It is 2 1/2 hrs. long but it is done beautifully with all the human emotions to go with it.  There is a lesson of hope and of forgiveness which give this sad story it’s beauty.

Rod Gustafson says: Dec. 28, 2012

Our sincere apologies for not having this information available on the day of the film’s release. This was a technical error on our part. Our full review with content details is now available.

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