A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this movie.
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
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 & Scariness
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."
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
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.
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Products & Purchases
"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.
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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. To stay in the loop on more movies like this, you can sign up for weekly Family Movie Night emails.
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.
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