A lot or a little?
The parents' guide to what's in this movie.
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.
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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?
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