• Released
  • December 10, 1985
  • PG-13 , 1 hr 53 min
  • Music/Performing Arts
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What parents need to know

Parents need to know that this 1985 movie inspired by the long-running, award-winning Broadway musical is filled with the memorable music and characters that made the show the icon it is today. That said, the subject matter—finding one’s sexuality, the toll of dysfunctional families, the drudgery and joy of a chorus member’s life— may go over the heads of tweens and younger. (There are some songs that pertain to bodily changes that happen when one is a teenager.) There’s some swearing, suggestive dancing, and numerous references to sexual awakening and body parts. Some frank discussion of sex, too.
  • Families can talk about the appeal of hearing other people’s troubles and secrets. Many of the characters in the film (and the stage version) reveal personal difficulties. Does it show that one can’t judge a book by the proverbial cover?
  • How does this film compare to other movies inspired by Broadway plays and musicals? Does it do a good job? What are the challenges and payoffs of adapting a stage show?
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