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Parents' Guide to

Guys and Dolls

By Nell Minow, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 9+

Classic Sinatra/Brando musical is a whole lot of fun.

Movie NR 1955 150 minutes
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What you will—and won't—find in this movie.

Community Reviews

age 12+

Based on 2 parent reviews

age 13+

Includes sexual micro aggressions, maybe more

One of the main characters slips the lead actress a drink so she will kiss him. She was portrayed as so drunk she doesn’t remember. At the end of the show, everyone repents and everyone is in love. This show is a product of its time but I certainly want my daughter to be old enough to watch to have an analytical discussion about it.
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age 10+

Great classic. Tweens and up will enjoy.

I have always loved old movies...especially musicals. This is an excellent production. The messages for kids are a little iffy...alcohol use (one character gets very drunk) and gambling is a big theme throughout the movie (crap-shoot). Technically the main characters are gang members and keep dodging the police. And one of the woman co-stars is a night club dancer/singer who does a couple somewhat questionable dance numbers. However, the end is happy with the them all reforming their ways and getting married. : )

This title has:

Too much sex
Too much drinking/drugs/smoking

Is It Any Good?

Our review:
Parents say (2 ):
Kids say (12 ):

This musical classic, based on the stories of Damon Runyon, is a lot of fun, despite the fact that two of the leads are not singers and none of them can dance. But Brando and Simmons do surprisingly well, especially in the scenes set in Havana, and the movie is brash and splashy enough to be thoroughly entertaining.

Themes worth discussing include honesty in relationships and in competition (Harry the Horse cheats and threatens the other players) and how people decide whether to align themselves with (or between) the two extremes presented by the mission workers and the grifters and gamblers.

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