A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this movie.
Art and music can bring people joy. It's important to work hard, collaborate with others, and stay true to yourself.
Positive Role Models
Jim deals with his mental health by using the arts, turning his farm into an entertainment venue to give people joy. On the other hand, Lila betrays Jim and leaves him for her dance partner. Ted also tries to steal Linda from Jim.
Black people act subservient to White characters, are depicted as not very bright. A musical number is performed entirely in blackface; they're referred to as "darkies," as sung by both White and Black characters. Women are sidekicks to men and mostly seen as love interests who are desperate to get married.
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
The film centers around romance and involves a love triangle. Characters kiss.
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Black people are referred to as "darkies" in a song sung by White and Black characters.
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Products & Purchases
The song "White Christmas" was written for this film -- it went on to win an Oscar and become one of the highest-selling records of all time.
Drinking, Drugs & Smoking
Astaire's character weaves through a drunken dance. Hotel patrons drink and smoke. A man blacks out after drinking.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Holiday Inn is a classic musical film that takes place in the title venue, a refurbished farm where Jim (Bing Crosby) and Ted (Fred Astaire) put on shows for the locals. Jim and Ted pursue love interests, and kissing is shown. Characters, including the leads, smoke and drink, and a man blacks out after having too much alcohol. A musical number is performed in blackface, and Black characters are depicted as subservient and not too bright and referred to as "darkies." Women are sidekicks to men and are mostly seen as love interests who are desperate to get married. To stay in the loop on more movies like this, you can sign up for weekly Family Movie Night emails.
Is It Any Good?
Crosby and Astaire put plenty of life into this musical classic. In one of the numbers in Holiday Inn, Astaire spins across the stage with firecrackers popping at his feet. Seeing him maneuver clumsily across the dance floor with Reynolds is another treat -- to play the scene convincingly drunk, Astaire took a hefty belt between each take. Crosby is the real charmer, though, as a decent, easygoing fellow whose idyllic life is threatened not just by a girl-stealing cad but by his own awkwardness in expressing love. Come for the classic Hollywood production, but be wary of the racist clichés of the era, including a musical number performed in blackface and the use of awful stereotypes about Black people.
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