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Singin' in the Rain

Movie review by
Nell Minow, Common Sense Media
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Often considered the finest musical of all time.
  • NR
  • 1952
  • 102 minutes
Parents recommendPopular with kids

Parents say

age 5+
Based on 12 reviews

Kids say

age 6+
Based on 26 reviews

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The parents' guide to what's in this movie.

Educational Value

Offers a fascinating glimpse of film history, wherein the silent era gave way to talking pictures.

Positive Messages

Themes include perseverance and teamwork. The characters don't always behave responsibly, and sometimes their actions result in the ridiculing or embarrassment of others. But some eventually team up and work together to solve a sticky problem. Ultimately, love, creativity, and hard work are demonstrated by the characters.

Positive Role Models & Representations

Oddly, despite the movie's good nature, not many of these characters are particularly admirable. Don is a bit of a spoiled movie star. Cosmo is smart, but also a clown and a goofball. And Kathy seems pure-hearted, but in her first scene with Don, she says mean things and hurts his feelings. Still, the good people do eventually begin to work together to solve their problems.

Violence & Scariness

Some passionate arguing. Fans are seen tearing at Don's clothes.

Sexy Stuff

Don flirts heavily with Kathy (and somewhat inappropriately on their first meeting). Don and Lina share an intense kiss while shooting a movie.

Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

Lina is seen holding a cigarette in a holder, but she doesn't smoke it. Cyd Charisse is seen smoking. During a musical number, some dancers are holding martini shakers. In another number, dancers drink champagne.

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that Singin' in the Rain is widely considered to be the best Hollywood musical ever made, and while it's on and working its magic, that's hard to dispute. There's some flirting and kissing and brief incidents of smoking and drinking, and some characters argue. The characters are a bit on the rowdy and/or naughty side here and there, but they're good-hearted and good-natured at the core. This movie will make anyone's day, provided kids are about 6 or older.

User Reviews

  • Parents say
  • Kids say
Parent Written bywhateverfloats September 14, 2009
Parent of a 2, 3, 4, 5, and 7 year old Written bymcghee family February 11, 2010

a family singin in the rain

it's one of my faves.we love the music,dancing,and the comedy
Teen, 13 years old Written byBestPicture1996 October 6, 2009

People usually think of this when they think of musicals

I saw this in Video Production, although it's a typical formulaic musical, it is very entertaining and lively, a movie everyone should experience to get th... Continue reading
Teen, 15 years old Written byLa Rana June 4, 2015

I was a bit disappointed with CSM, but I guess they don't really rate immodesty.

I absolutely loved this movie!! The humor, singing, dancing, -I love old musicals, and this was no exception. However- While this was 'clean' in that... Continue reading

What's the story?

In SINGIN' IN THE RAIN, silent movie star Don Lockwood (Gene Kelly) is paired on screen with the ultra-annoying Lina Lamont (Jean Hagan), who would like to be paired with him off screen as well. Sparks fly when Don encounters actress Kathy Selden (Debbie Reynolds), which makes Lina jealous. When the first talkie, The Jazz Singer, becomes a hit, the stars of the latest Lockwood/Lamont movie, The Dueling Cavalier, are coached in vocal technique in an attempt at a talkie, but the results are disastrous. Meanwhile, Don and Kathy have fallen in love. After an all-night brainstorming session, Don, Kathy, and Don's best friend, Cosmo (Donald O'Connor), decide to turn the production into a musical, dubbing Kathy's voice for Lina's. But it's not long before Lina and Kathy are put on the spot and have to face the music.

Is it any good?

This film is often considered the finest musical of all time. Certainly Singin' in the Rain has it all: classic musical numbers and a witty script that's unusually sharp and satiric for a musical comedy, especially one making fun of the industry that produced it. Asked to name the top 10 moments in the history of movies, most people would include the title number from this movie, in which Kelly splashes and sings in the rain -- a "glorious feeling" that's contagious.

Only in a movie containing that sequence would O'Connor's sensational "Make 'Em Laugh" number be mentioned second. It's a wildly funny pastiche of every possible slapstick gag, done with energy and skill so meticulous that it appears entirely spontaneous.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • How is Singin' in the Rain different from modern films? What is it missing? Does it still entertain modern audiences?

  • Discuss the history of movies and the period in which silent movies gave way to "talkies." What were some of the problems? What were some of the benefits?

  • Are there any role models in this film? If so, who and why?

  • How do the characters in Singin' in the Rain demonstrate perseverance and teamwork? Why are those character strengths important?

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