My Fair Lady

Movie review by Peter Albert, Common Sense Media
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Common Sense says

age 6+

Witty, stylish musical classic will entertain all ages.

G 1964 172 minutes

Parents say

age 9+

Based on 9 reviews

Kids say

age 8+

Based on 23 reviews

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age 10+

Very, very disappointing.

The description of this movie isn't entirely accurate. There certainly is a villain; it's just ironic that he's supposed to be the hero. Henry Higgins is an absolutely despicable human being, with virtually no redeeming qualities. Certainly he helps Eliza, in a very limited way, but he does it with no altruism or generosity whatsoever. And the idea that he "learns a lot about women, as well as about superficial appearance versus inner beauty" is entirely false. He seems to have no arc at all, and as far as I can tell he doesn't learn much of anything for the course of the film. Neither, unfortunately, does Eliza. Audrey Hepburn is wonderful, but that character is one I wish my daughters had not had to witness. While she is feisty at times, in reality she seems to have no self-esteem at all. SPOILER: Her return to Higgins at the end of the film is one of the most tragic endings I've ever seen.
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age 9+

Delightful musical!

We loved it. This came out just a year after our other favorite musical: Mary Poppins. Those were the days... The ending is a little weird -- I hate that she came back to him after all that nonsense. But we can forgive that for those delightful songs and costumes!

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