Movie review by Heather Boerner, Common Sense Media
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Common Sense says

age 14+

A kitschy teen fantasy you can dance to.

PG 1988 92 minutes

Parents say

age 8+

Based on 5 reviews

Kids say

age 12+

Based on 19 reviews

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age 8+
age 8+

Perfect for preteens and adults

Brilliant film on many levels. Our kids (9 and 6) loved the singing and dancing and my wife and I thought the broader themes were also terrific. We've seen it about 6 times! Exceptionally well done.

This title has:

Great messages

Movie Details

  • In theaters: February 26, 1988
  • On DVD or streaming: September 26, 1995
  • Cast: Divine, Ricki Lake, Sonny Bono
  • Director: John Waters
  • Studio: New Line
  • Genre: Comedy
  • Run time: 92 minutes
  • MPAA rating: PG
  • MPAA explanation: language, thematic elements and sexuality.
  • Last updated: May 4, 2022

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