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The parents' guide to what's in this movie.
What parents need to know
Parents need to know that Jailhouse Rock is the iconic Elvis Presley movie from 1957 that introduced Hollywood to rock-and-roll musicals. The story's about a man sent to prison for manslaughter, and there are several fight scenes that show punching. One shows a small amount of blood on the mouth. There are a few kisses. "Hell" is used once. Adults frequently drink at parties and in bars, and there's lots of background smoking.
What's the story?
In JAILHOUSE ROCK, Vince Everett (Elvis Presley) is sent to prison for manslaughter. His cell mate Hunk inspires Vince to learn the guitar. Harsh conditions in prison make Vince ambitious for money and fame, and once he's released from prison, he immediately sets out to get as much of both as he can. After a record company steals Vince's song, he and his new-found friend Peggy decide to start their own record company. As Vince's fame and riches climb, so do Vince's ego and his shabby treatment of his only real friends. Vince's singing career is jeopardized after he gets punched in the throat. Is that what it takes for him to learn what's really important in life?
Is it any good?
This classic Elvis Presley film is sure to delight fans, and maybe even create new ones, with Elvis's signature style, charm, and charisma on full display. The iconic Jailhouse Rock musical number is an infectious bit of fun. It's a great way for families to introduce their kids to the phenomenon that was Elvis. Use some of the times when the plot slows down to investigate the historical context of the movie, like imagining a time when people had never seen anyone on TV or in movies gyrate like Elvis did, or the ways some events parallel Elvis's real life, too.
Talk to your kids about ...
Families can talk about whether Jailhouse Rock glamorizes drinking. Have attitudes about drinking changed much since 1957?
Have you seen any other of Elvis Presley's movies? How much of his music have you heard? Which do you like best, and why?
Why do you think Elvis Presley was so popular? Can you see his appeal? How does he compare to popular actors and singers of today?
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