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A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this movie.
The overall message is that changing oneself for love is acceptable, even admirable, an iffy message parents may not appreciate their kids getting. A "fat" character is shown constantly eating; other characters are framed unsympathetically as "nerds."
Positive Role Models
Sandy and Danny are the hero and heroine; they are generally honest and honorable in their actions, but Danny in particular can be cruel to others. Characters frequently mock and prank one another with insults such as "she looks too pure to be pink."
Violence & Scariness
Playful scuffling can have a nasty edge; a group of boys tease and shove a "nerd."
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
Vulgar language with a sexual edge: "eat me." Numerous references to sex, often framed as a girl "giving in," as in "Does she put out?" References to body parts such as "jugs." A female character is shamed for having sex and has a pregnancy scare; her male partner is viewed with respect and admiration for his "conquest."
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Vulgar language: "eat me," "crap."
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Products & Purchases
Viewers may want to watch the movie on which this show is based.
Drinking, Drugs & Smoking
Numerous references to underage drinking.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Grease: Live! is a filmed version of a live stage play based on the popular 1970s film. Those who remember only the catchy songs and 1950s nostalgia may be surprised by the raciness of the production, which largely revolves around a romance in which the male partner constantly begs the female one for sex. There are songs, jokes, and references to sex, generally framed as boys "getting some" and girls "giving in," messages parents may not appreciate young girls and boys hearing. Some crass language often has a sexual edge, a la "eat me." Other assorted semi-curses include "crap." Playful violence and scuffles among male friends sometimes degenerate into the gang picking on others, including on "nerds," who are presented as out of it. A "fat" character eats constantly. There are a few references to underage drinking. To stay in the loop on more movies like this, you can sign up for weekly Family Movie Night emails.
Is It Any Good?
With thrilling tracking and crane shots that wander backstage and then zoom out into street scenes, this production makes the most of well-known songs and drama (despite it antiquated messages). The first notice that this production isn't going to just be a flat "turn on the camera and perform a play" affair comes in the musical's opening, when a Steadicam follows rock star Jessie J as she sings the theme song -- all around the sets, through dressing rooms, past scenery and crew members, and then right on out to the street, where cast members frolic in the rain with umbrellas. It's a bracing opening, serving notice that this is one production that means to make the most of stage magic. Fans of the 1970s movie will also note that songs formerly found only on the movie's soundtrack pop up (the slumber-party rendition of "Freddy My Love" is a highlight), while other songs are gone (no more "Hopelessly Devoted"). Others are curiously edited; references to a car being a "pussy wagon" are gone, yet Rizzo (Vanessa Hudgens) still refers to a boy "flogging his log."
It all adds up to a show that's only slightly less racy than the movie and still carrying the controversial message that sex is a struggle between men and women that leave women shamed and damaged when they "give in." Still, for viewers old enough to understand and discard the sexist setup, the songs, dances, and characters are a lot of fun, making this a good bet for whole-family viewing for tweens and up.
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