Information for Parents
Common Sense Media says OK for kids 6+
Often considered the finest musical of all time.
What Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Singin' in the Rain is widely considered to be the best Hollywood musical ever made, and while it's on and working its magic, that's hard to dispute. There's some flirting and kissing and brief incidents of smoking and drinking, and some characters argue. The characters are a bit on the rowdy and/or naughty side here and there, but they're good-hearted and good-natured at the core. This movie will make anyone's day, provided kids are about 6 or older.
- Families can talk about the history of movies and the period in which silent movies gave way to "talkies." What were some of the problems? What were some of the benefits?
- How is this Singin' in the Rain different from modern films? What is it missing? Does it still entertain modern audiences?
- Are there any role models in this film? If so, who and why?
The good stuff
Educational value: The movie offeres a fascinating glimpse of film history, wherein the silent era gave way to talking pictures.
Positive messages: These Hollywood types don't always behave responsibly, and sometimes their actions result in the ridiculing or embarrassment of others. But some of them eventually team up and work together to solve a sticky problem.
Positive role models: Oddly, despite the movie's good nature, not many of these characters are particularly admirable. Don is a bit of a spoiled movie star. Cosmo is smart, but also a clown and a goofball. And Kathy seems pure-hearted, but in her first scene with Don, she says mean things and hurts his feelings. Still, the good people do eventually begin to work together to solve their problems.
What to watch for
Violence and scariness: Some passionate arguing. Fans are seen tearing at Don's clothes.
Sex: Don flirts heavily with Kathy (and somewhat inappropriately on their first meeting). Don and Lina share an intense kiss while shooting a movie.
Language: Not an issue
Consumerism: Not an issue
Drinking, drugs and smoking: Lina is seen holding a cigarette in a holder, but she doesn't smoke it. Cyd Charisse is seen smoking. During a musical number, some dancers are holding martini shakers. In another number, dancers drink champagne.