The Music Man

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

age 6+

Glorious production with gorgeous music, dancing.

NR 1962 151 minutes

Parents say

age 6+

Based on 9 reviews

Kids say

age 6+

Based on 12 reviews

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age 16+

Sexual harrassment made me uncomfortable

I grew up with the songs from the Music Man, but I regret watching the movie with my 6-year-old. Professor Harold Hill's courting of Marian amounts to sexual harrasment. The movie makes light of this harrassing behavior in the song "Marian the Librarian." Marian is called an "old maid." Then there is the song, Shipoopi. Shipoopi Lyrics: "Well, a woman who'll kiss on the very first date Is usually a hussy And a woman who'll kiss on the second time out Is anything but fussy But a woman who'll wait till the third time around Head in the clouds, feet on the ground She's the girl you're glad you found She's your shipoopi" I feel so uncomfortable as I watch, viscerally remembering times I have been sexually harrassed. This movie is part of a culture in which a man's role is to pursue, regardless of a woman's wishes, and a woman's role is to protect her virtue by rejecting a man's advances. Ick. Yuck. Also, there is a brief scene of a 4th of July pageant in which townsfolk dress in Native American costume and speak in gibberish. Wish I hadn't watched -- maybe by leaving this review I can make a small difference for another family.
3 people found this helpful.
age 10+
Doesn't hold up to modern rewatching; Casual racism against native americans, harassing women after being told "no", calling women "hussies" if they kiss on the first date? Not something I'd wanna share with kids. And "Shipoopi" is a terrible ******* song.

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