While I'd be cautious about showing this movie to anyone under age 9, the songs can be listened to by kids of any age. (If you can find the songs on vinyl, cassette or cd you should make the purchase!) Once children get to be about 9 they'll understand the concepts of things like arranged marriages. Many people think that this movie, and the stage play upon which it is based, is all about tradition. Yes and no. It is, but it's also about giving up traditions. More specifically, the message is all about deciding which traditions to keep and which ones to give up. Traditions are good in and of themselves, as they provide a sense of security, as well as belonging and identity. But traditions can also be stifling if gone overboard, as doing so can sometimes close us off to new and good ideas. That is the message that this movie portrays- balance. When Tevye learned that his daughters were marrying for love he was dead set against it at first but eventually came to terms with the notion that they were right. Today we all marry for love (or should marry for love), and to have it any other way is laughable, but that's the way things were in certain parts of the world in 1905. Moreover, while gender roles were strict and clearly defined, women were more liberated here than it would appear on the surface. Take the dream sequence where Lazer Wolf's first wife, Fruma Sara, came back from the dead. She felt that Zitel's feelings were important, a view not always considered in 1905. While the second half has a much darker tone than the jubilant first half, the second half makes us feel for the characters all the more. Moreover, while this movie is overtly religious, everyone, religious or not, can identify with it and enjoy it. This is especially interesting to those who'd like to know about what parts of Russia used to be like over 100 years ago. I'd highly recommend this movie, as well as a stage production.