Dirty Dancing

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Common Sense says

age 13+

Hip-shaking guilty pleasure has mature themes, dancing.

PG-13 1987 101 minutes

Parents say

age 14+

Based on 27 reviews

Kids say

age 12+

Based on 60 reviews

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age 13+

Uncomfortable for me; OK for my Kid

We are a blended family with two 12-year old boys (both 12 going onto 13). I am personally uncomfortable showing them this movie because of some of the themes discussed by other parents (prostitution, abortion, sexy dancing) BUT I'M GOING TO SHOW IT TO THEM because... We just busted one of our 12-year olds looking at inappropriate images of girls in bikinis online (he couldn't get to the naked ones due to porn blockers) so he's obviously getting interested in sexy subjects. I would like to show him movies that show intimacy and love so that those are his first ideas about sex. I think this movie is cheezy but it shows themes of love, family, understanding, communication, emotions and growth. There are lessons to be learned. We can use the show to discuss why they shouldn't have unprotected sex when they are older. I also like that the protaganist isn't the prettiest girl in the room and doesn't have the biggest breasts yet there is love and connection and intimacy (a contrast to most sexual images found online). I want them to know that boobs and "being hot" are not requirements for intimacy, love, and happiness and lots of different things can make a person sexy (including being a good dancer!) This was my little sister's favorite movie when it first came out back in the 80s. She was 10 when she first saw it and she always loved it. I asked her if she had any thoughts in hindsight and she had no regrets at seeing it at such a young age. And finally, when I was young my mother watched edgy movies with me, because they prompted questions and conversations and I think it was good for me. I would not play this for my son and his friends on a "play date" and walk away. This is something we will watch as a family and only as a family. If his friends want to see it they'll have to talk to their parents about it!

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age 10+

A classic, but mature vibes at times

Excellent coming of age and self realization piece for a tween/teen. Mature situations and concepts: sex and pressure to have it, abortion. But effectively demonstrates class-based discrimination and the importance of self-confidence and individuality.

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