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Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat

By Charles Cassady Jr., Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 8+

Stage musical successfully brought to the screen.

Movie NR 2000 80 minutes
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age 12+

Based on 13 parent reviews

age 18+

Overly Sexual, Unnecessary Crotch Shots

Lots of the narrator being touched in suggestive ways, her popping out from in-between dudes legs, crotch shots randomly for no reason. Disgusting this was rated with 0 stars for "sexy stuff" because there's an orgy scene. Even though they're technically not naked or having sex, the women are in very thin skin colored costumes with glitter around around their nipples, the main girl despite having normal clothes everywhere else has the thin skin colored fabric only over her boobs and glitter around her nippers again; they also have men in outfits male strippers would wear. During the orgy they heavily imply/show that they are attempting to rape Joseph. Another with tight and sometime blue or nude color fabrics, except this time they just have gold over their crotch. They also once again have a scene with women going at him trying to undress him, though this time he is slightly more willing, clearly not entirely consenting again though. Stopped watching after this point, absolutely disgusting.
age 14+

Needlessly disgusting.

My elementary school put on this play when I was in grade 6. I played a brother. Catholic school. It was the perfect clean show. This show is SEXUALIZED. Parents, BEWARE. There is an entire orgy scene in the play that was incredibly disgusting and disturbing. Children shouldn't be forced to watch this under the lie of a G rating. Disgusting.

Is It Any Good?

Our review:
Parents say (13 ):
Kids say (15 ):

JOSEPH AND THE AMAZING TECHNICOLOR DREAMCOAT retains all the sparkling wit, style, and melodies of the original Broadway musical. In a nimble eighty-minutes, viewers get a banquet of different musical styles. Jacob is told of Joseph's "death" in a twangy country-western lament; Pharaoh relates his dreams in pure Elvis style (he is The King, after all); the framing of brother Benjamin is set to Caribbean calypso; and the rest is Andrew Lloyd Webber's popular brand of catchy power pop. The multi-ethnic cast (old Jacob evidently had wide-ranging tastes in wives) contributes to the world-beat feel.

Donny Osmond's all-American good looks make him a very likeable Joseph. The real find here, however, is Maria Friedman. Introduced as a mousy schoolteacher, she blossoms into a superb narrator. Her expressive face lets the audience know just what's going on (a great asset since the lyrics by Tim Rice -- of The Lion King fame -- are occasionally obtuse). As with the movie Godspell, religious viewers may have qualms about the treatment of the Scripture-based material (God is barely mentioned here). The themes of sibling rivalry and ultimate forgiveness, however, are universal.

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