Took my conservative 7 year old home schooler
We are a conservative christian, homeschool family. We do not do Disney, superheroes or movies that have villains in them.... which really eliminates the majority of movies, especially designated for "kids".
We do watch historical movies that have real life 'villains' in them such as learning about the Civil War and how slaves were treated, WW2 etc. So he is not completely in a bubble, with what is 'negative' is historical (hopefully to learn to break down barriers and assumptions).
Our movie background: He has ONLY been to the theater to watch 2 other movies than this one: "Dunkirk" and "Only the Brave". To give you an idea of where we come from/level of conservativeness.
I rely heavily on this website and the reviews from parents before making a decision to take my 7 year old to a movie or not that I have not pre-screened.
We absolutely LOVED this movie! Not only was the music and story above and beyond well done, but it was fairly clean. Here are the few 'iffy' parts:
- A couple scenes are in the bar, they're poured multiple drinks, but are still acting 100% sober, and the focus is on their conversation between the 2 men. The whisky glasses play a part in the beat and dance of the scene and plays into it very well and in a clean way. I did explain to my son that where the scene was, was a bar though. The 2nd bar scene that I remember is near the end with the large group from the 'circus' and have tavern like mugs and it seems a bit more wild/loud/celebrative where they're clinking their mugs together and drink is more obvious, but again, it's a dance scene, just not as sharp & clean as the earlier one. I was slightly uncomfortable with it, but it's still more conservative than an average football halftime show, not that that says much.
I did feel more comfortable watching these 'bar scenes' than I did the cartoon bar scene in movie "Leap!" (I screened it, but wasn't comfortable with my son watching that movie entirely, although it was a cleaner kids movie than has released in awhile).
- There is an almost affair going on, it's obvious and uncomfortable enough and confusing for kids I would imagine when the dad/husband goes off on tour with this stunning musical singer, abandoning his girls who cry after him and run behind his carriage.... it's heartbreaking and too many children have endured this personally in their own lives. Although there isn't anything more than a kiss that takes place between them, there is a lot more sexual tension and attraction going on beneath everything that kids may or may not pick up on. Fortunately, the husband goes home, but not before the damage and hurt has been done to his wife. This wasn't something I ever want my son to be exposed to, or to think it's ever okay. Yet at the same time, he will be exposed to it at some point in the world we live in today, may it be a friend or family member, etc. everyone has someone they know who's lives have been shattered or family broken up because of an unfaithful spouse. In this situation, the husband stopped it and left. So it's a tricky situation he got himself into without really realizing it, and left once he realized what position he was in, and he did the right thing - so you can take what message you want from it and talk to your children about it if you feel you're ready to have that conversation. Or how when they're older, to be careful not to put themselves or their spouse in a situation like that to begin with.
- The tension between relationships of opposite race is seen. For us, this was a good thing that it was not withheld, but gave some truth, the empathy and emotion behind how it was back then and how absurd that people were so opinionated and hateful towards anyone who was 'different' or 'beneath' them just because of their race. It was horrible and heart wrenching to watch and how accepted that way of thinking was. But I am glad it showed it instead of covering over it.... it put emotion for my son to see how unfair and hurtful and wrong that was to judge anyone. Or to keep opposite race from being together. Because we had studied the civil war and slavery, were getting into Martin Luther King etc. this was something that didn't confuse my son, and gave us a chance to talk more about it (he's also seen Hidden Figures).
- There were 2 individuals in the circus that were in almost all white with long white hair in what looked like dreadlocks .... I am not sure, but they looked in the movie that it could be men dressed up in dresses. Again, not sure if they were men or not, but that may or may not be noticeable to some families and if you have or haven't had a discussion about that topic in this day and age. Something to be aware of incase it is noticed and if you haven't had that discussion, it could bring up some questions. I personally think so much dancing is going on and is so well presented, that it may be easily overlooked by kids or they're desensitized from the singers and actors/hollywood of this day and age and it not be anything at all to some. Just something some families might want to be aware of.
Those are the main points of concern for us coming from a pretty conservative perspective.... and of course there's a lot of 'modern dancing' and clothing is obviously revealing, but if you've watched the previews, you've seen the dancers already and that's what it is. It was so very well done over-all. The music was clean, catchy, and stays in your head for days! I am a huge fan of La La Land (although my son has not watched it), I think I like this movie even better, it is cleaner in language compared to La La Land and emotion.
Very tasteful and can certainly be the most ideal "Family Movie" that is entertaining for ALL ages.... children, parents, and even grandparents (although I don't think I can get my ultra conservative grandparents just getting into their 90s to watch it, my parents in their 60s, might watch it).
My husband isn't conservative and will watch pretty much anything, including things I cannot even stomach the previews of, yet he enjoyed this as well and found it entertaining and not at all 'slow or boring'. It truly seems to be ideal for all ages! For movies out now days, it's one of the few and far between that I can honestly feel comfortable with letting a younger child watch.