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 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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age 11+

Pre-watching is advised but overall amazing.

Personally, it’s a beautiful movie, even my favorite. I understand that some topics and scenes involving language and manners in general may be a little concerning for parents, but so long as the child understands that My Fair Lady is a very old movie from generations prior and that the behaviour and characteristic traits of Mr. Higgins, for instance, shouldn’t be copied in real life, especially towards girls. It can be sexist, that’s the thing, but try understanding that during the time this movie was filmed, pretty much most movies had the same idea or at least something similar. A suggestion for avoiding certain unwanted thoughts is to try looking at the movie in a different light: the way Higgins acts so stubborn and rudely mannered whilst complaining about Eliza can be seen as an ironic type of comedy. It can be seen that way as well, and by no means is the movie promoting any type of sexism, at least in my opinion. And if you think so, try turning it into a learning experience. Anyways, on that note, I recommend it. A true classic.

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