An American in Paris

  • Review Date: October 11, 2005
  • Rated: NR
  • Genre: Musical
  • Release Year: 1951

Common Sense Media says

Unforgettable musical is great for parents and kids alike.
  • Review Date: October 11, 2005
  • Rated: NR
  • Genre: Musical
  • Release Year: 1951

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What parents need to know

Positive messages
Not applicable
Violence & scariness
Not applicable
Sexy stuff

Very, very mild sexual innuendos.

Language
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Consumerism
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Drinking, drugs, & smoking

Characters are shown having cocktails in various nightclubs.

Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that while this movie's content is squeaky-clean (with sexuality limited to a few brief kisses), the plot behind the songs and dances is racier than that of the typical musical, featuring romantic complications, infidelity, and a predatory female character who seems intent on turning Gene Kelly's character into a gigolo. Younger kids probably won't get the innuendos, while older ones may be a bit discomfited by the romantic duplicity of the film's characters.

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Kids say

What's the story?

Triple threat Gene Kelly acts, sings, and dances beautifully in this eye-catching musical laced with Gershwin songs and gorgeous dance numbers. Jerry Mulligan (Kelly) is a former WWII soldier who stayed in Paris after the war ended to pursue his love of painting. A wealthy divorcee (Nina Foch) has offered to be his patron, though she's clearly interested more in Jerry himself than his work. Meanwhile, Jerry has fallen for a pretty French dancer (Leslie Caron, in her screen debut), and is having trouble choosing between financial security and passion.

Is it any good?

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The song-and-dance segments are the main appeal of AN AMERICAN IN PARIS particularly Gershwin's 17-minute title piece, accompanied by a lengthy ballet built around the main characters. It's a knockout, and a good thing, too, because the plot is nothing to write home about.

The characters are silly, duplicitous, and grasping, and resemble nothing so much as cardboard cutouts meant to push a plot along in between musical numbers. But what does it matter, when the songs are so delicious (particularly "S'Wonderful" and "I Got Rhythm") and the dancing so infectious? Lavish sets, gorgeous costumes, great music -- this one's a feast for the eyes and ears, not for the brain.

Families can talk about...

  • Families can talk about whether unmarried couples who are dating owe each other truth and fidelity, and why. They might also discuss the casual ways in which the characters seem to view love, falling in and out of it easily and quickly. Is this a true portrait of the way human beings organize their romantic lives? Or is real life more complicated by emotion?

Movie details

Theatrical release date:November 11, 1951
DVD release date:October 12, 2004
Cast:Gene Kelly, Leslie Caron, Oscar Levant
Director:Vincente Minnelli
Studio:MGM/UA
Genre:Musical
Run time:113 minutes
MPAA rating:NR

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Teen, 13 years old Written byBestPicture1996 October 11, 2009
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9
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Good for what it is:

A 50+ year old musical with mediocre acting. It is interesting visually, but the ending is a ridiculously long number that is 100% unneeded. Mostly for Kelly's fans, or real old movie buffs. Probably the worst Best Picture winner I've seen thus far.

Parent of a 6 year old Written bymadsmooney1214 September 25, 2012
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Families can talk about whether unmarried couples who are dating owe each other truth and fidelity, and why. They might also discuss the casual ways in which the characters seem to view love, falling in and out of it easily and quickly. Is this a true portrait of the way human beings organize their romantic lives? Or is real life more complicated by emotion?

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