Seven Brides for Seven Brothers

Movie review by Nell Minow, Common Sense Media
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Common Sense says

age 6+

Thrillingly energetic dances on film.

NR 1954 102 minutes

Parents say

age 10+

Based on 14 reviews

Kids say

age 7+

Based on 10 reviews

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age 8+
Baffled at people alluding that this movie promotes rape of any kind. From the minute Millie finds out what the boys have done she condemns their actions and banishes them to the barn for the winter. She makes is very clear that their actions were unacceptable and has put everyone at risk. Her earlier song encourages the boys to go courtin' and romance a lady, its their harebrained idea to follow the Roman example. I'm not saying that this movie isn't old fashioned and makes fun of some serious topics, but if you use your brain and engage in critical thinking you can see that this movie isn't telling people to go out and kidnap and rape people. Is it super convenient that the girls fall for the brothers, of course. Is this Stockholm syndrom? No, the boys were barely allowed to interact with the girls the whole time they were there, Millie made sure of that. If you are concerned that your kids are going to get the wrong idea and take away the wrong message, TALK TO YOUR CHILD. Operate on the understanding that your child has a base level of intelligence and explain that the past is different from now and that these sorts of things are not acceptable.
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age 18+

Maybe useful for educating people about rape culture...

This is basically a propaganda movie for how good and wonderful it is to violate consent. You could use this movie to start a meaningful discussion about how people can make even a terrible, evil thing look nice and fun. People who say this movie isn't about rape culture, don't understand the insidious nature of that culture. This movie takes place in a make-believe universe where kidnapping someone is A-OK and will cause them to fall in love with you. A universe where "No" means "just force me and I'll start to like it." Disgusting. And the fact that it's all dressed up with happy songs and cute romance just makes it more sickening. I would show my kids this movie at the same age I would show them the 24 TV show, which is set in a make believe universe where torture is quick, easy and effective. Then we could talk about how dangerous these false ideas are and how they can effect people's lives in the real world
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