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Easter Parade

By Scott G. Mignola, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 6+

Charming love story plus great song and dance.

Movie NR 1948 104 minutes
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Community Reviews

age 6+

Based on 2 parent reviews

age 8+

Hard to follow for kids with romance, drinking and smoking.

Common sense media missed a lot of things above, including all of the romance, smoking cigarettes, drinking, and adult content. It’s not necessarily a bad movie and the singing and dancing parts are great. However, there is a large part of the film where there is no dancing or singing and it’s all about a confusing (for kids) romance with a love triangle. There are also multiple scenes where the men are smoking cigarettes, and they’re drinking or in a bar watching and commenting on other women. Also the way that the men treat women is pretty disrespectful but the movie was made in the 40s. Overall I can see why it’s a classic with the stars, etc but I wouldn’t say that it’s great for kids. My 9.5 year old and 7 year old were bored with it and couldn’t follow the story line.
age 4+

Absolutely lovely, captivating.

Is It Any Good?

Our review:
Parents say (2 ):
Kids say (1 ):

Loaded with great Irving Berlin songs, this 1948 spectacular will grab children with its wholesome, uncomplicated story. It will also mesmerize adults with its pairing of superstar talents in their sole screen appearance together. "The Happiest Musical Ever Made," EASTER PARADE's promotional trailer declares, and director Charles Walters appears to have put in plenty of overtime trying to live up to that grand promise. He gives us Oscar-winning musical scoring, inventive choreography, and plenty of Irving Berlin songs.

But what really makes this movie sing and dance is the once-in-a-lifetime pairing of Fred Astaire and Judy Garland. Whether cane-twirling to "Steppin' Out with My Baby" or reeling through a toy store pounding on every drum in sight, Astaire is mesmerizing. Beside him, Judy Garland is absolutely radiant -- and that's not just the Technicolor. For family entertainment, this is a hard one to beat. It's spirited, easily digestible, and fun. Don't worry about that sticky love situation; it resolves without much fuss, and all in time for the big Easter Parade.

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