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A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this movie.
A courtesan seduces a man whom she thinks has plenty of money to invest in her show. In turn, that man treats her like property. A club owner sees nothing wrong in pimping out his star to get an investor for his shows. Characters drink absinthe and other alcoholic beverages, lie (for a good cause), fight, but in the end the movie's soft and gooey center is revealed through incessant discussions about the power of love.
Positive Role Models
Characters are entirely too campy, over the top, and unrealistic to be seen as positive role models.
Violence & Scariness
Zidler flashes a gun. A few fistfights.
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
Satine, who prances around in lingerie, fakes an orgasm while Christian recites poetry. She also kneels in front of a man she's trying to seduce, as if mimicking a sexual position. Some kissing and straddling between couples. Lots of innuendo and repartee; for example: Christian: "I'm just a little nervous. It's just that sometimes it takes a while, ugh." Satine: "Ohhhh." Christian: "For, you know, inspiration to come." Satine: "Oh yes, yes, yes. Let mommy help, hmm? Does that inspire you? Let's make love!" One of the characters puts his hands on another character's crotch. References to prostitution.
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Sexual innuendo and entendre. A reference to a performer's "huge talent." One of the characters is referred to disparagingly as "the Jew."
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Drinking, Drugs & Smoking
Bacchanalia at various parties includes smoking and drinking. Christian and his bohemian friends drink absinthe and subsequently have hallucinations. A writer works with empty bottles of booze on either side of his typewriter.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Moulin Rouge is the 2001 bombastic remake of the 1952 movie. Although the film, on paper, sounds a bit too mature for even teens (seduction and obfuscation are employed to raise money for a club), it's really quite a tender love story -- though there is plenty of sexual innuendo -- and a sweet message about the power of love. Characters frequently drink absinthe as well as various types of alcohol. There are references to prostitution. One of the characters is referred to in a disparaging manner as "the Jew." Overall, this is a hate-it-or-love-it movie: Where some see endless self-indulgence and ostentation, others see nonstop vivid entertainment of the kind guaranteed to make viewers temporarily forget the drab realities of day-to-day life. To stay in the loop on more movies like this, you can sign up for weekly Family Movie Night emails.
Is It Any Good?
MOULIN ROUGE is that kind of movie that divides viewers into two distinct camps: Those who love it and those who don't. It almost doesn't matter, however. Because no matter how moving or maddening it may be, depending on which side of the argument you're on, this refreshingly modern musical is memorable and fascinating.
In the hands of another director, the story would have probably marched on in a fairly typical fashion. But this is Baz Luhrmann territory, which means kinetic camerawork, quick cuts, color-saturated tableaus, and lots and lots of music. In places, it overwhelms the senses and seems overdone. But the chemistry between MacGregor and Kidman is unmistakable and their voices not half-bad. In the end, all this pageantry and ballad-belting enthusiasm pays off. Though it may not be everyone's cup of tea, Moulin Rouge is creative, daring, and original.
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