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By Sierra Filucci, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 15+

Influential '70s musical features sex and mature themes.

Movie PG 1972 124 minutes
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age 13+

Based on 5 parent reviews

age 14+

It Could Happen Here.

This movie is one of the most frightening I've ever seen. Weimar German could easily be 21st Century America. We've never been more sexual and artistically open as a society. And yet we're closer than ever to descending into fascism. Proud boys walk the streets like the Nazis in the film daring us to react to their hate and then cry out as victims when we do. It's the stuff of dystopian fiction, but it was true. And yet, there's very little we can learn from it. How do you control a societal narrative that says a small group of people living their best lives is threatening enough to take away everyone's freedom over?

This title has:

Educational value
Great messages
Great role models
age 5+

This title has:

Educational value
Great messages
Great role models

Is It Any Good?

Our review:
Parents say (5):
Kids say (8):

This 1972 film won eight Academy Awards and many other accolades for its dynamic presentation of the heartbreaking tale of an emotionally scarred young woman. This tale is interspersed with drop-dead gorgeous costumes, brilliant choreography, and songs performed by Minnelli and others. The film perfectly captures the anxiety of the pre-WWII era, where desperate times meant living life to the fullest, even if it's an exhausting and emotionally draining spectacle. It's not likely to appeal to most kids, although teens involved in theater may be interested.

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