Meet Me in St. Louis

Movie review by Nell Minow, Common Sense Media
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Common Sense says

age 6+

One of the most loving of all movie families.

NR 1944 113 minutes

Parents say

age 7+

Based on 10 reviews

Kids say

age 5+

Based on 9 reviews

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Community Reviews

age 11+

While there's nothing inappropriate for children, I'm not sure younger than 11 would enjoy it

I certainly disagree that the song sung by two sisters at a party that another reader referred to is racist. A dialect is used in the song, but so what? People use an Irish, or a southern or a "New Yawk" dialect or accent in a film sometimes, but is that to be considered racist? Not in my world. Otherwise, this movie shows a family that truly love one another without being maudlin about it. That it's funny, poignant, and exciting is icing on the cake. As are the songs, each of which is like one of those tiny silver balls that placed on a cake's icing.

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age 10+

Some issues in an otherwise forgettable musical

Overall, a nice, if slightly boring and contrived, musical. Two scenes gave me some pause: at a party scene early in the film Judy Garland's character and her younger sister perform a dance with racist overtones and, as other reviewers have mentioned, the Halloween scene is bizarre and promotes bratty and downright brutish behavior from children (references are made to "killing" and "torturing" people on Halloween by throwing flour at them). I would only watch this with children mature enough to understand the concept of outdated racial stereotypes and inappropriate behavior from other children.

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