A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this movie.
Drinking, Drugs & Smoking
References to alcohol abuse
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that this classic drama has some references to alcohol abuse but is otherwise free of iffy content. But younger kids may not really understand the class issues that it addresses, so it's most age-appropriate for tweens and up. To stay in the loop on more movies like this, you can sign up for weekly Family Movie Night emails.
Is It Any Good?
More directly political than George Bernard Shaw's classic Pygmalion, Major Barbara provides a good opportunity for a discussion of what's now termed "corporate social responsibility." It addresses the role of the government, the church, and the corporation in meeting society's needs. Shaw, who co-wrote this movie's screenplay, was one of the 20th century's most brilliant writers, well known as a dramatist, essayist, critic, and social reformer. He was awarded the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1925. Among the many pleasures of his work are his superb female characters -- strong, intelligent, and principled.
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