Gentlemen Prefer Blondes

Movie review by
Grace Montgomery, Common Sense Media
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Classic musical romp with dated premise is silly fun.
  • NR
  • 1953
  • 91 minutes

Parents say

age 10+
Based on 1 review

Kids say

age 9+
Based on 1 review

A lot or a little?

The parents' guide to what's in this movie.

Positive Messages

Although Dorothy does provide a voice of reason, repeatedly warning Lorelei that going after a man for his money is a bad idea, the movie doesn't follow her advice. In the end, getting a rich husband is still glamorized, even if it's acknowledged that love should play a role. The movie offers lots of dated stereotypes.

Positive Role Models & Representations

Although Mr. Malone starts out as a scheming private detective, he shows that he values more than making a paycheck. Dorothy also shows the importance of friendship and loyalty.

Violence

While Lorelei sings "Diamonds Are a Girl's Best Friend," she playfully hits the male dancers in the face with her fan. They all then pretend to shoot themselves in the head with fake guns and sing the lyrics, "The French are glad to die for love / they delight in fighting duels."

Sex

Although no actual sex is shown, characters are shown kissing and embracing. The entire premise is about using your sexuality to entice a man into marriage or an affair. Mr. Malone is shown in his boxers.

Language
Consumerism

"Diamonds Are a Girl's Best Friend" references the brands Tiffany and Cartier. When the girls go shopping in Paris, there's a montage of designer shops with a focus on the brand names.

Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

Most of the characters are shown drinking and smoking throughout the movie. Dorothy and Lorelei also purposely try to get another character drunk and put sleeping pills in his drink to knock him out.

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that Gentlemen Prefer Blondes is a classic musical comedy full of dated stereotypes. "Diamonds Are a Girl's Best Friend" is a popular song from the movie but also the main theme, with the importance of finding a rich husband strongly emphasized. Women are mostly portrayed as dumb vixens, men are taken in by a pretty face, and everyone smokes and drinks. But, although sexual innuendo is thrown around a lot, no more than a few sensual kisses are shown. Most tweens and teens won't have much interest unless they're die-hard musical fans.

User Reviews

  • Parents say
  • Kids say
Parent of a 11 and 13 year old Written bymelia_nicole September 28, 2014

Good Family Movie For Tweens And Up

This was a cute movie that we could watch with our 11 and 13 year old. It does objectify women but I don't think it would be damaging to the psyche of any... Continue reading
Teen, 13 years old Written bymisumi July 20, 2015

nothing too edgy

This is a classic musical but a lot of kids today probably wouldn't wanna watch it. I liked it though.

What's the story?

Lorelei Lee (Marilyn Monroe) is a dancer and husband-chaser in this glitzy musical comedy. As Lorelei journeys to Paris to hopefully marry one of her rich admirers, her friend Dorothy (Jane Russell) tries to keep her out of trouble. As the two dance and sing their way across the sea, a private detective follows Lorelei to report back to her fiancé but finds he's really falling for Dorothy.

Is it any good?

Taken with a grain of salt, GENTLEMEN PREFER BLONDES is an enjoyable movie to watch. Marilyn Monroe is at her sultry best -- though her dumb blonde routine wears a bit thin -- and Jane Russell is fantastic as her down-to-earth friend. The song-and-dance numbers are elaborate and fun, and the banter between Lorelei and Dorothy is nicely done. If you can get past the dated values and stereotypes, it's a sweet and silly film you and your musical-loving tweens and teens won't mind watching again and again.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about how the characters change in the film. Do you think Lorelei becomes a better person by the end? Or does she still think money is more important than love?

  • Do you think women are portrayed negatively in the film? Why, or why not?

  • What stereotypes do you see in the film?

Movie details

For kids who love musicals

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