A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this movie.
You can't be a decent human being unless you learn to have compassion for others and allow them to be less than perfect. When you're mean to someone, you don't just hurt them, you hurt those who care about both of you. Sexist messages that a husband is lord and master of his wife and that wives should put up with infidelity and not take it personally.
Positive Role Models
No real bad guys, everyone is pretty decent. But all the main characters are also pretty selfish, each in their own way.
Violence & Scariness
A light punch in the face knocks a man down.
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
A few kisses and some light caressing.
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"Hussy." "Making love" doesn't mean having sex, it means telling or showing someone your romantic feelings for them.
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Drinking, Drugs & Smoking
Alcohol appears in almost every scene, sometimes as a normal part of getting together and celebrating and sometimes as a way for people to cope with their emotions. Some drunken behavior, mostly played for comedy. One musical number features drinking and slurring the words of the song. A few characters have hangovers and regrets the next morning, and drink more alcohol as a remedy. Lots of smoking, too, by main and background characters.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that High Society (1956) is a musical remake of the slapstick classic, The Philadelphia Story. Kid appeal is a little lower with this version because the zany, slapstick shenanigans are gone. Great as the songs are, Cole Porter classics and Louis Armstrong's upbeat jazz probably won't hold kids' attention as much as the physical comedy of the original. It doesn't skimp on the booze, either. Alcohol's in almost every scene, and is even a key part of a musical number. It could be a good way to start a conversation about how movies and TV glamorize alcohol, and how or whether attitudes have changed over time. Lots of smoking, too. Expect some sexism in attitudes about women's roles in marriage, like how the husband is lord and master, and not taking your husband's cheating on you personally. To stay in the loop on more movies like this, you can sign up for weekly Family Movie Night emails.
Is It Any Good?
Classic Hollywood charm, a fantastic musical soundtrack, a crazy love triangle (or maybe more of a square?), and legendary talent. High Society's got all that in spades. Frank Sinatra shows teen idols how it's done with "You're Sensational." Bing Crosby swings with Louis Armstrong, especially hot in "Now You Has Jazz." A fun and funny script will engage viewers between songs. Grace Kelly, in her last movie before she married a real-life prince, is unfortunately a little uneven. But her beauty and elegance shine. There's a lot to love here.
Don't look for madcap shenanigans, though. If you've seen The Philadelphia Story, you'll find most of that stuff's been replaced by musical numbers. And even though it's a musical, this version of the story is much lower key than the Grant/Hepburn/Stewart classic. So kids might find it, and the adult themes, a little too understated to hold their interest. But if you or your kids love musicals, or if you're fans of Hollywood's golden era, this one's a must-see.
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