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Parents' Guide to

Funny Girl

By Renee Schonfeld, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 10+

Dazzling musical romance is long but entertaining.

Movie G 1968 165 minutes
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age 11+

Based on 1 parent review

age 11+

Funny Girl

The movie is centered around Fanny Brice who wants to make it in showbizz. One thing is that it implies that she is in a relationship with sex without being married.

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Made in 1968, this is one of the richest musical films of its era, a highlight in a period of filmmaking that was filled with great material. FUNNY GIRL (recipient of eight Academy Award nominations) is comprised of an extraordinary performance by Barbra Streisand in her first film role, dazzling production values with wondrous costumes and sets, a musical score with multiple show-stopping numbers, and a heartfelt story. What's more, the subject matter -- a young woman who becomes a great star but is naive in affairs of the heart -- gives the film emotional complexity and an ending that defies tradition.

Teens with an interest in musical theater or costume design might find this film particularly inspiring. It is interesting to note that the movie took considerable liberties with the real story -- particularly the events in the life of Nick Arnstein and Fanny's naivete -- and that Ray Stark, the producer, was, in fact, Fanny Brice's son-in-law, married to her daughter, Frances Arnstein. A movie sequel Funny Lady, also starring Barbra Streisand as a more mature Fanny Brice, was released in 1975.

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