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By S. Jhoanna Robledo, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 12+

Charming, pretty 1950s musical with dated gender roles.

Movie G 1958 116 minutes
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age 15+

Based on 2 parent reviews

age 13+

Pretty to look at, but not very engaging

This musical's about a French girl who is trying to learn how to become a woman. There are some good performances, like the aunt, and I did like the chemistry between Gigi and Gaston. I also thought that the movie had some very beautiful production values. I was so uninterested in the movie though. I could not wait for it to finish. You know there is a problem with the film when the most memorable song lyric is "It's a bore!". Concerning problematic content, there is virtually no violence other than a few arguments that never go over the top. There isn't any swearing or overt sexual content, but the film has some glimpses of partial nudity, and the overall themes of Gigi learning how to become a woman isn't portrayed in a very interesting fashion that can interest a lot of kids. 5.3/10

This title has:

Too much sex
age 16+

Not for tweens

It is about prostitution, all being said, isn't it? Gigi says that she will be expected to sleep in his bed in exchange for a life of luxury. I don't know about 12 as old enough for dealing with those concepts, regardless of the happy outcome. The film made also me feel a bit creepy, his being a family friend and all that.

Is It Any Good?

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

As one of GIGI's most popular songs goes, "Thank heaven for little girls," and that much is true for the film in general. It's an Academy Award-winning classic for a reason -- or, rather, so many reasons: inventive plot, memorable music (by Alan Jay Lerner and Fritz Loewe), swoony costumes (by the legendary Cecil Beaton), and inspiring performances. With Paris as the backdrop, no less. At times the film feels almost too perfect, as though engineered for maximum effect but lacking heft, and today's audiences may find the way it prettifies its subject matter -- Gigi is being prepared, essentially, for mistress-hood -- off-puttingly old-fashioned. But the doubts fall away after the opening credits and the charm offensive begins.

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