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Milk Money

By Barbara Shulgasser-Parker, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 13+

Frank '90s comedy about boys befriending a prostitute.

Movie PG-13 1994 110 minutes
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Milk Money is almost entirely about sex and the reputation of prostitutes vs. the reputation of johns, but it's also about love, family, virtue, and commitment. That's no easy accomplishment, but director Richard Benjamin and writer John Mattson achieved it with humor and intelligence and, perhaps, a nod to an earlier film about a call girl who makes good, Pretty Woman. Here the filmmakers start with a cloying cliché and elevate it into something more thought-provoking. Yes, suburbia is idealized, and, yes, Melanie Griffith plays V, the hooker with a heart of gold. But she conveys the longing for connection to community and family as well as an appreciation for holding on to what's important, whether it's a last patch of wetlands or a man and his 12-year-old son who share a spirit of generosity. Parents may waver about whether this story will be appropriate for kids as it will almost certainly spark frank discussions about a sexual marketplace that, it can be argued, relies in some sense on trapping desperate women into a form of servitude.

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