Parents' Guide to

The Birdcage

By Andrea Beach, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 15+

Campy, comedic romp with lots of profanity.

Movie R 1996 117 minutes
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Community Reviews

age 11+

Based on 4 parent reviews

age 2+

Let the kids watch!

This is one of my kid’s favorites! We addressed the drinking/smoking/cursing as with our kids as talking points for “adult behavior” that is dated/dangerous and that we don’t want to repeat. The overall wholesome message and positive LBGTQ+ representation of the movie far outweighs those negatives for us. (And the comedic genius of this cast is just amazing)

This title has:

Educational value
Great messages
Great role models
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age 15+

Great, but not for tweens as others may insist.

This is a really beautiful story of how heart breaking it is to finally find comfort in who you are only to be thrust back into the closet again as well as an astute commentary on the hypocrisy of social conservatives. However it does have it's faults, many of which make it unsuitable for less savvy kids. First and foremost, one of the dilemmas in the film is the conservative politician being attached to a colleague who is found dead with an underage prostitute who's youth and African American heritage is part of the "joke". If pedophilloic sex trafficking is not something you want to discuss with your kids then this movie ain't for them. Other problems include a lot of body shaming language as well as depictions of hispanics solely as wait staff. It's actually interesting to see a young (and buff) Hank Azaria playing an effeminate Guatemalan with a ridiculously thick accent considering the(appropriate) grief he's now getting for playing Apu on the Simpsons. Over all, a hilarious film with Nathan Lane and Robin Willaims at the finest. Enjoy it with your older teens.

This title has:

Great messages
Great role models
Too much sex
Too much swearing
Too much drinking/drugs/smoking
1 person found this helpful.

Is It Any Good?

Our review:
Parents say (4 ):
Kids say (6 ):

THE BIRDCAGE is a fun, comedic romp with a great ensemble cast. Robin Williams gives an understated performance as straight man to Nathan Lane, who chews the scenery with gusto. Even South Beach itself becomes a delightful character under Mike Nichols' direction, and with such a talented cast and strong material he mostly just stays out of the way. Younger teens might be drawn to the colorful, campy atmosphere, but the movie's heart is in the more adult situations. Older teens will more easily relate to the characters as they struggle with how to present themselves to the world.

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