Chorus (Les Choristes), The
Source: Catholic News Service
Glossily sentimental and heart-tugging French film about a failed musician (Gerard Jugnot) who takes a teaching job at a boarding school for troubled boys in the late 1940s, and helps them overcome their delinquent and violent ways by forming a choir, under the disapproving eye of the school's autocratic principal (Francois Berleand). Christophe Barratier's film about the healing power of music features first-rate performances, and heavenly singing by the boys -- once they get going -- making this a surefire audience pleaser even as the setup is transparently manipulative. Some crude language, a brief verbal suggestion of sexual impropriety and a few violent episodes. The USCCB Office for Film & Broadcasting classification is A-II -- adults and adolescents. The Motion Picture Association of America rating is PG-13 -- parents are strongly cautioned. Some material may be inappropriate for children under 13.
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