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A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this movie.
Seymour wants to save Audrey from her abusive boyfriend -- an honorable idea, though the means to the end are not.
Positive Role Models
Audrey is in a abusive relationship, Seymour is timid and easily pushed around and Audrey II (the hungry plant) is aggresive and pushy. Not much good here.
Violence & Scariness
The man-eating plant demands to be fed. It gets gory from there on. Also, the sadistic dentist is pretty scary.
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
Audrey wears very provocative clothes and refers to kinky antics.
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Man-eating plant has dirty vocabulary.
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Drinking, Drugs & Smoking
The dentist abuses laughing gas in a very creepy way.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that this musical has dark themes and is not for children or very sensitive viewers. It's campy noir not meant to be taken seriously, but the dark comedic plot involves a sinister dentist who tortures his patients, and a flesh-eating plant that devours human parts in a graphic feeding scene. Some of the serious issues, like abusive relationships and ultimately murder, twitch under the plot's campy mechanics. To stay in the loop on more movies like this, you can sign up for weekly Family Movie Night emails.
Is It Any Good?
No it's not for the faint of heart, but LITTLE SHOP OF HORRORS is a classic. With Frank Oz of SESAME STREET and THE MUPPET MOVIES at the helm, the premise of a man-eating plant charming its way to stardom isn't too hard to imagine. The plot is campy sci-fi at its best, which works well with the do-wop soundtrack. The music is very good -- with Levi Stubbs of The Four Tops doing the plant's voice -- and the solos by Rick Moranis and Ellen Greene hit unexpected emotional notes. Cameos from Bill Murray, John Candy, Jim Belushi and Christopher Guest increase the star power of this talented ensemble.
Though it's thoroughly entertaining, there are some scary scenes in THE LITTLE SHOP OF HORRORS that may not be appropriate for some viewers. All those misgivings about going to the dentist are played upon like a raw nerve. Some viewers might want to fast forward through the dentist scenes altogether -- which is why discerning parents should preview this DVD for themselves. Other viewers may not be fazed at all, but be warned nonetheless.
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