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Parents' Guide to

Funny Face

By Charles Cassady Jr., Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 9+

Bubbly, fashion-crazed Hepburn-Astaire musical.

Movie NR 1957 103 minutes
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A Lot or a Little?

What you will—and won't—find in this movie.

Community Reviews

age 2+

Based on 2 parent reviews

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.

This title has:

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...

Is It Any Good?

Our review:
Parents say (2 ):
Kids say (10 ):

FUNNY FACE is a bubbly, brilliantly colored but rather superficial old-school Hollywood musical. Compared with the same director's earlier masterpiece Singin' in the Rain it's a great-looking bonbon that leaves a sort of funny taste, if you ponder it too hard (which one shouldn't). The script takes satirical jabs at the fashion world's shallow superficiality, especially in the opening "Think Pink" song-and-dance number. But it also parodies the rebellion against 1950s consumer society embraced by the "beat generation," and their jazz tunes, coffeehouse concerts, and nonconformists.

So are the filmmakers in favor of anything? Yes, romance, and a very patriarchal one at that. Song-and-dance man Fred Astaire looks more like a dad than boyfriend to the magical Audrey Hepburn, and their romance feels like protective father-daughter stuff rather than real passion. None of these characters are given a history except Jo, a cloistered thinker meant to be an ugly-duckling (never mind the starlet's luminous looks). It's a little disconcerting the movie dismisses her deep thinking as a silly quirk, symbolized when Hepburn does weird, angular modern dance steps, in contrast to Astaire's graceful soft-shoe routines.

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