Paddington 2 (1)
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Sometimes, so-called ‘family-friendly’ films can be the worst for thinly-veiled misogyny, and the promotion of sexist ideals. In many ways, it is the fact that such films are aimed at an audience including children that makes their bigotry so disturbing. This trend is so widespread that a high level of vigilance is required if you are a parent wishing to limit your child’s exposure to such destructive themes. Not so with Paddington 2, though. Paddington 2 is wonderful, for the most part.

It’s not perfect, of course. It presents a tale whose characters are limited to the middle-class, living in vast houses on a rather exclusive street in the heart of London. But, unlike other such films, those middle-class characters on that exclusive street are neither all white, nor all male. Moreover,...

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