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The Adventures of Priscilla, Queen of the Desert

By Sierra Filucci, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 16+

Drag queens drive funny, tender, but mature musical.

Movie R 1994 104 minutes
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age 14+

Based on 5 parent reviews

age 14+

Priscilla- what a gem

Yes, lots of swearing, lots of homosexual and sex references and some violence but it’s in context and it’s super fun. This is a great, balanced film full of nuance and sensitivity about the LGBTi community. We watched it for family film night with our mature 12 year old, and he really enjoyed it. We did pause and discuss a lot throughout, there was a lot to discuss in terms of themes of sexuality and acceptance, ‘people on the outside or margins’ like Aboriginal people, not just the queer community. We fast forwarded the stripper ping-pong scene, that is for a much older age group. There is some thug violence. Lots of swearing, baudy jokes and some drinking. However, it is fun and packed with music, great pageantry and lots of amusement. I don’t know how this is R rated on some websites, 15 maybe.

This title has:

Great messages
Great role models
Too much swearing
Too much drinking/drugs/smoking
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age 13+

Why did you guys rate it R???

I've seen the musical on the Norwegian Epic, and it was the best show in the herstory of drag shows!!! It should be about PG!!! Not R! Please, guys, don't "drag" them down!!! I hereby Christen this budget Barbie camper van, Priscilla, Queen of the Desert!!!!! I mean, why why why why whyyyyyyyy would you rate this R???????????????????? I DON'T CARE WHY SOMEONE RATED THIS MOVIE as R, but it is the best drag queeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeennnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnn movieeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeee!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I don't really care what IMDb really said what Cynthia did to pop those ping pong balls, but it's really rude to say that Cynthia is not allowed to pop ping pong balls. It's her job, you know!!! Long live Pop Musik!!!

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Is It Any Good?

Our review:
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Kids say (2):

This tender, sympathetic film includes some incredible acting, quirky characters, and gorgeous costumes (for which it won an Oscar). Terence Stamp portrays the transsexual Bernadette with strength and humanity, creating a film that goes deeper than the crinoline, makeup, and colorful musical numbers. Stamp and his costars ultimately tell a tale of acceptance -- of difference, of others, and of oneself. Some of the dialogue is particularly snippy and mean in a rather clichéd interpretation of gay male discourse, but the strengths of the film outweigh its weaknesses.

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