In Paris Can Wait, Anne (Diane Lane) is in Cannes in France with her husband, Michael, a very busy and distracted film producer (Alec Baldwin). When Michael flies out to Budapest, Anne decides that she’s going to skip Budapest and wait for him in Paris. Jacques (Arnaud Viard), a business acquaintance, offers her a lift to Paris and she tentatively accepts. It soon becomes clear that Jacques has no intention of driving straight to Paris. This means Anne finds herself, somewhat frustratingly, on a leisurely tour through the beautiful French countryside, sampling delicious food with the suave and flirtatious Frenchman.
Here we outline any topics, issues and ideas in this movie that might upset children and adolescents, so that you can gauge whether it is appropriate for your child. For example, children and adolescents may react adversely to themes of crime, suicide, drug and alcohol dependence, death, serious illness, family breakdown, separation from a parent, animal cruelty or distress, children as victims, natural disasters and racism.
Marriage; relationships and infidelity; loss of a child; suicide
Here we identify any violence in this movie, and explain how and why it might impact on your child or adolescent. In general, movie violence can make children less sensitive to the use of violence in real life. Alternatively, they may become fearful about the prevalence and likelihood of violence in their own world. In some contexts, it can also teach them to see violence as an acceptable means of conflict resolution.
Nothing of concern
Content that may disturb children
There are some scenes in Paris Can Wait that could disturb children under five years. For example:
- When Anne tells someone about the loss of her first son, she’s crying. This is an emotional scene.
- Anne learns that her friend’s brother committed suicide. This is an emotional scene.
In addition to the scenes mentioned above, children in this age group might find the theme of marital infidelity confusing. They might want to talk about it with parents.
Younger children in this age group might find some of the scenes and themes mentioned above disturbing or confusing. They might want to talk about them with parents.
Nothing of concern
Paris Can Wait has some sexual references. For example:
- The two central characters share open flirtation, romantic tension and mild sexual innuendo. Jacques compliments Anne on her ‘lovely legs’.
- Jacques is seen tucking his shirt into his trousers after a ‘meeting’ with a woman.
Alcohol, drugs and other substances
Paris Can Wait shows some use of substances. For example:
- There are many scenes that show adults drinking wine. At one point, the adults get mildly drunk.
- An adult character smokes cigarettes.
Nudity and sexual activity
Paris Can Wait shows one passionate kiss.
Paris Can Wait shows Peugeot cars.
There is some coarse language in Paris Can Wait.
Ideas to discuss with your children
Paris Can Wait is a pleasant, meandering travelogue and romantic comedy that shows off the beauty of the French countryside and the national cuisine. It’s recommended for viewers over 12 years. There’s little to disturb younger viewers, but the movie’s themes are suited to older viewers and children under 12 years might not find it very interesting.
The main message from this movie is that sometimes it’s important to take time to enjoy the simple things in life instead of just letting life rush by.
Values in this movie that you could reinforce with your children include:
- appreciating the beauty of nature
- appreciating fine food
- choosing to remain faithful in relationships.
You could also talk about the themes of marital tension and infidelity, and the loss of a child or a family member.