A Day at the Races

Movie review by Charles Cassady Jr., Common Sense Media
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Common Sense says

age 7+

Marx Bros.' big hit may miss with today's kids.

NR 1937 109 minutes

Parents say

age 12+

Based on 1 review

Kids say

age 8+

Based on 1 review

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age 12+

Great Film. Black Face not needed

I think this is a fun film. It’s Marx Brothers doing what they do. It’s a bit tighter than their other films. I enjoyed more of the musical numbers than I normally do. It would be irresponsible to share this film with children with out educating yourself and then on the history of Black face in film and in life. It’s wrong and it’s un called for in this movie. Beyond the stereotypes which are common to the time but also questionable and unfriendly to Black American culture, it’s the Black face that should be reprimanded and called out especially to anglo American Wasp families. Otherwise this film has some great bits. Groucho Harpo and Chico perform with more subtlety than other pictures. The chaos of the final race scene is slapstick and fun. Share with caution but share.

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