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At Theaters: 1/19/2001 On Video: 8/7/2001
Rated: PG-13 Length: 2 hr. 0 min.
Internet: Web Site Movie ID: 259904
Studio: Miramax Pictures Inc.
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A mysterious stranger, and her child arrive in a tranquil French town. Within days, she opens a very unusual chocolate shop, filled with mouth-watering confections, across the square from the church. Her ability to perceive her customers' private desires and satisfy them with just the right confection, coaxes the villagers to abandon themselves to temptation.

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Comedy Romantic - Undiscriminating older viewers are most likely to enjoy this sedate, syrupy fable. People with an aversion to formulaic feel-good movies should steer clear. Johnny Depp fans will be disappointed by his limited screen time.
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Cast and Crew Heading
Juliette Binoche THE ENGLISH PATIENT
Judi Dench MRS. BROWN
Alfred Molina DUDLEY DO RIGHT
Lena Olin THE NINTH GATE, POLISH WEDDING
Johnny Depp SLEEPY HOLLOW, THE ASTRONAUT'S WIFE
Director: Lasse Hallstrom THE CIDER HOUSE RULES
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About The Production
The Story of Chocolat
The Townsfolk
A Chocolate Initiation
A Magically Real Town
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Content Heading
PROFANITY: Only about a dozen mild profanities.
SEX/NUDITY: One short, somewhat mild sex scene. Some nudity.
VIOLENCE: Some violence between husband and wife. No killing.
DRUGS/ALCOHOL: Some drinking in pubs and one mans shown drunk.
ACTION: Only a couple of very mild scenes.
COMEDY: It doesn't contain a great deal of comedy.
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Average
Like the confection it's named after, Lasse Hallström's '60s-set cinematic bonbon is every bit as sweet--and, unfortunately, every bit as sticky. Whether or not viewers end up licking their fingers to pick up the scraps (as many do through out the film's admittedly easygoing two hours) depends on their tolerance for a different type of sugary sin: syrup.

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Opinion Heading

Based on an Exit Polling of 33 Moviegoers

Ages Age Group
How
Many
Your Probability of
Enjoying This Movie
*
Would
Recommend
Movie To Friends
13-19Teens (F)
1
High
100%
20-29Yg Adults (M)
1
Fairly High
100%
20-29Yg Adults (F)
2
High
100%
30+Adults (M)
10
Fairly High
100%
30+Adults (F)
19
Very High
100%
*Possible Ratings: Very High, High, Fairly High, About 50/50, Fairly Low, Low, Very Low.

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The following is the original "What's Worth Watching" write-up for this movie.

Moviegoer Opinions:

Unfortunately this wasn't a well attended film. We were only able to collect 33 opinions. About two thirds of these were from females and they LOVED CHOCOLAT! There were no low opinions. The men rated it very high as well. I would certainly recommend this movie to everyone.

A couple of comments were that there wasn't enough scenes with Depp. He wasn't a part of the story until the latter part of the movie.


D ETAILED S TORYLINE
It all begins in the traditional French village of Lansquenet, where life has not changed for the last 100 years. As the North Wind blows through a seemingly tranquil town, it carries with it a traveler Vianne Rocher (JULIETTE BINOCHE) and her daughter Anouk (Victoire Thivisol). Vianne is an outsider who opens a chocolaterie filled with irresistible confections that awaken the townspeople's hidden appetites. But, her magical ability to perceive the villager's private desires, and satisfy them with just the right confection, slowly persuades a few to abandon themselves to her temptations.

Soon, Vianne develops a reputation... and an enemy: the righteous local nobleman the Comte de Reynaud (ALFRED MOLINA). Reynaud is convinced that Vianne's s sumptuous chocolate will wreak havoc with the town and undermine their strict code of morality. Between them, they set off a confrontation between those who would keep life the same and those who would revel in their newly discovered taste for freedom.

Along the way, Vianne has a profound effect on the village's inhabitants, including the 70 year-old libertine Armande (JUDI DENCH) and her estranged daughter Caroline (CARRIE-ANNE MOSS); the long-suffering Josephine Muscat (LENA OLIN) and her brutish husband Serge (PETER STORMARE); and another unusual outsider, the riverboat traveler Roux (JOHNNY DEPP), who awakens Vianne's own secret desire: to truly belong.

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