The Birdcage

Movie review by Andrea Beach, Common Sense Media
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Common Sense says

age 15+

Campy, comedic romp with lots of profanity.

R 1996 117 minutes

Parents say

age 13+

Based on 3 reviews

Kids say

age 13+

Based on 6 reviews

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age 12+

Eyes open....welcome to reality

Hilarious throughout and full of moral code, here's a gay film that puts the straights in the closet. This film focuses on the positive aspects of same-sex parents Armand and Albert's tempestuous relationship as son Val looks to marry the daughter of a staunch Republican politician. There are seven occurances of the F-word, used in very different inflections of anger, exasperation and comedic effect. There's occasional smoking and one reference to drug taking (although it's a placebo!). The very positive portrayal of homosexuality is not only tasteful but delightful to watch and only the most straight laced will find it unpalatable (and shame on you!). Whilst my ten-year old loved it, he's well seasoned with three series of Queer Eye under his belt already. I'd suggest if your child is open to / experienced with the realities of same-sex relationships and if you are ok with occasional fruity language, this film is the ideal introduction to the joys of queer culture. The resolution ending is incredibly powerful as Val declares the identity of his mother and only the coldest of hearts will fail to melt. Plus, it's one of the best farces you'll ever see.

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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.

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Too much sex
Too much swearing
Too much drinking/drugs/smoking

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