Funny Face

Movie review by Charles Cassady Jr., Common Sense Media
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Common Sense says

age 9+

Bubbly, fashion-crazed Hepburn-Astaire musical.

NR 1957 103 minutes

Parents say

age 2+

Based on 2 reviews

Kids say

age 9+

Based on 9 reviews

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age 2+

Appropriate for Everybody

A delightful film. Rightly deserves its reputation as a classic. Features the outstanding Audrey Hepburn and talented Fred Astaire, in what is their only film together. It has everything needed to keep you on the edge of your seat, wanting to find out what's around the next corner. Everyone should watch this movie at least once in their life. Has nothing more intimate than simple kisses, and is easy to grasp. Does show smoking, like all movies of the era, and has some very minor characters that will smile and nod at anything for a bottle of wine, however these instances are very brief and do not draw attention to themselves. Can be shown to any age without worry about being a bad influence.

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Too much consumerism
age 2+

Old Fashioned and Fun

This is an easily digestible, fun, gorgeously shot, and more-intelligent-than-it-should-be kind of musical. It is the perfect movie to put you in a good mood. This helps with Hepburn's charm, Astaire's presence, and Kay Thompson's sardonic wit. However, when Astaire and Hepburn first meet, Astaire randomly kisses her without any warnings, which my girlfriend noted, "That's sexual harassment!" and I do agree with this site's review that there is a very old fashioned view of gender roles in this film. PS- Not to be a Negative Nancy, but there's something kind of "white suburban parent pipedream" about this website's review; just the thought that one will discuss Sartre and Derrida with your 9-year-old kid strikes me as delusionally high-brow. I imagine after watching this movie you had your kids read through The Second Sex and write a dissertation about gender performativity...

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