Parents' Guide to

Viva Las Vegas

By Charles Cassady Jr., Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 9+

Vegas ad is a nonstop song-and-dance delight.

Movie NR 1964 85 minutes
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Kids of the 21st century who were turned on to Elvis Presley with Disney's Lilo and Stitch should enjoy this boy-who-happens-to-be-Elvis-meets-girl story. It's the usual lightweight, fluffy affair from the music sensation, but this Elvis movie formula really works in VIVA LAS VEGAS.

Along the way to the predictable happy ending viewers see Elvis and Ann-Margaret enjoying just about every postcard thrill tourists could have in Las Vegas in the mid-1960s, including water-skiing on Lake Powell. It does seem a lot like a big promo for the vacation destination, though few promos have ever been so "lucky" to showcase musical numbers like this one -- the title tune became pretty much the anthem for the city. Ann-Margaret's playfully sexy song-and-dance turns are every bit as good as Presley's, and some critics have said that's why the movie works so well.

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