Information for Parents
Common Sense Media says Iffy for 9+
Vegas ad is a nonstop song-and-dance delight.
What Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that this fluffy escapism could pretty much be an advertisement for Las Vegas and the good times Nevada's tourist destination offers, including betting, drinking, and dangerous race-car driving. It's all pretty much harmless here -- if there were such things as topless showgirls, gambling addiction, and legal bordellos you'd never know it from watching this movie.
- Families can talk about the attitude Lucky has toward his competitor, the mildly snooty Count Cancini. They are rivals both for the racing championship and the lovely girl, but instead of being enemies they get along like best pals. Why don't more movies show this kind of chivalrous sportsmanship? Some critics think this is the only musical in which Elvis was matched with a leading-lady love interest who could equal him in charisma and brazen charm. Do you find the Ann-Margaret character on equal footing with the hero, or a fantasy girl typical of Elvis pictures? How does this compare to light musical fare kids watch today, like High School Musical?
The good stuff
Positive messages: While he's flirtatious, Lucky is still an all-around decent guy who's even friends with his romantic rival. Ann-Margaret's heroine is spunky and nobody's fool (she proves she can even outshoot and out motorcycle-ride Elvis), but she acts the klutz in a race-car garage in one demeaning scene. All other women are objectified showgirl fantasies, practically window-shopped by the men.
What to watch for
Violence: Elvis fires sixguns in the air to calm down a raucous saloon. Cars wipe out during a grand prix race.
Sexy stuff: Girls in bikinis at poolside and occasionally slinky showgirl numbers. Nothing explicit, though.
Language: Not an issue
Consumerism: Practically a tourist ad for the Las Vegas, Nevada area and attractions, with the qualifier that most of the casinos and clubs pictured by name have since closed.
Drinking, drugs and smoking: Recreational drinking and rowdiness. Rusty's dad talks about getting "lit up" on booze.