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Parents' Guide to

A Streetcar Named Desire

By Charles Cassady Jr., Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 14+

"Stella!" classic is powerful tale of abuse, alcoholism.

Movie PG 1951 122 minutes
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A Lot or a Little?

What you will—and won't—find in this movie.

Community Reviews

age 13+

Based on 1 parent review

age 13+


Marlon Brando. Mmmmmmm. If anyone actually knows the Tennessee Williams play and can decipher what's going on behind the Transatlantic accents, it really is a great story line. But even those I've shown the movie to who only get the gist of it can still recognize cinematic giants at work.

This title has:

Too much violence
Too much sex
Too much drinking/drugs/smoking

Is It Any Good?

Our review:
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Some critics say A Streetcar Named Desire has the best-ever acting in a Hollywood movie; it certainly shows why the dynamic young Marlon Brando become a legend. (And that was despite increasing eccentricities, scandals and grotesque career choices.) One can hardly look away while he's on show as the hyper-macho, sometimes-magnetic, sometimes-loathesome Stanley. The acting would need to be the film's strong point, since it's basically setbound (though beautifully photographed in black-and-white) and mostly dialogue, full of quotable epigrams ("Deliberate cruelty is not forgivable") and favorite lines ("Stella!"). For modern-day viewers, especially kids accustomed to more explicit content and less poetic treatment of mental illness/nymphomania (or whatever Blanche, the original drama queen, is afflicted with), the film may take some getting used to, but it still commands attention and respect.

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