The Fantastic Journey of Margo & Marguerite is a featured film in the 2021 New York International Children’s Film Festival (NYICFF). Described as a French time-traveling adventure, is this movie kid-friendly? What ages is it best suited for? Get a moms perspective as I break down the thematic elements in my The Fantastic Journey of Margo & Marguerite Parents Guide and movie review. Here’s what parents need to know to help YOU decide if it’s appropriate for kids. As always, no spoilers!
NYICFF Movie Review: The Fantastic Journey of Margo & Marguerite
The Fantastic Journey of Margo & Marguerite is a fun adventure that takes place during two different time periods, 1942 and 2020. Both Margo and Marguerite discover a magical chest and go inside. Before they know it, they each teleport and switch places with one another.
The girls look nearly identical which leads their families to believe they’re still the same person. They each assume the other’s identity and set off on a mission to find the other one’s father.
Margo and Marguerite both find a safe person to confide in and they join them in their adventure.
Is The Fantastic Journey of Margo & Marguerite Kid-Friendly? Here’s Your Parents Guide:
The Fantastic Journey of Margo & Marguerite is a French film with English subtitles. I’m not usually a fan of subtitles, but I still found the movie engaging. Depending on your child’s reading level, this might be a challenge.
The Fantastic Journey of Margo & Marguerite has a runtime of 89 minutes, and although there isn’t yet a MPAA rating specified, it says it’s recommended for ages 10 and up.
When a movie is recommended for ages 10 and up, I would immediately assume it’s PG, for parental guidance. However, as much as I enjoyed The Fantastic Journey of Margo & Marguerite, there’s A LOT of strong language worth mentioning. This language isn’t even something I’d expect from a PG-13 movie. Here is a list of inappropriate words used: Sh*t, H*ll, stupid, sucks, loser, idiot, shut-up, and dimwit. These are the more tame words. Other completely unnecessary words for a “family” film were: F*ck and F*cking shut-up.
I’m assuming International film industries have different guidelines for ratings than the United States. I still do find the language used highly inappropriate and certainly not needed. And while I have a very mature 11 year old, I wouldn’t want him to hear this type of language. I’m disappointed by this because I know he would love the film!
Aside from the language issues, there are a few other things worth mentioning. There is a bit of drinking in the movie, the mention of drugs, and smoking. Marguerite also steals a car.
Taking the above into consideration, I would recommend The Fantastic Journey of Margo & Marguerite for a more mature teen crowd. I think it really depends on your comfort level with the language used.
The Fantastic Journey of Margo & Marguerite is a fun and adventurous journey that will keep you engaged and entertained from start to finish. It has a similar vibe to The Parent Trap, except with the magical approach of time travel. My only complaint with this movie is the profanity used. Unfortunately with the use of such strong language, I do not consider it a family film. The Fantastic Journey of Margo & Marguerite has the potential to be so much more if those harsh words were omitted.
The Fantastic Journey of Margo & Marguerite Synopsis:
Marguerite and Margot are both 12 years old with much in common. The one big difference? One lives in 1942, the other in 2020. Or at least that’s the case until the discovery of a magical trunk in an attic that sends them traveling through time. Margot and Marguerite have something else in common: their father is no longer there, one vanished during World War II, the other is not living at home. With 70 years apart, they’re embarking in a wild adventure to find their present, explore history and their families’ memories, and not least of all manage the transition to becoming teens!
You can learn more about the New York International Children’s Film Festival HERE!