Hedwig and the Angry Inch

Movie review by Sierra Filucci, Common Sense Media
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Common Sense says

age 17+

Poignant transsexual musical brims with wit, adult themes.

R 2001 91 minutes

Parents say

age 14+

Based on 2 reviews

Kids say

age 14+

Based on 5 reviews

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age 14+
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For parents and teens who like gay musicals

The mythology that Hedwig borrows for "The Origin of Love" positively interprets queer experiences of longing, love, and identity as natural and equal to the experiences of straight people. I recommend this for adolescents who are curious about queer lives: their parents, their friends, their own. It is a musical, a love story, a bildungsroman (I love the irony of this), and a piece of modern mythology.

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