Movie review by Renee Longstreet, Common Sense Media
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Common Sense says

age 14+

Gender-bending musical farce; sexual content, profanity.

PG 1982 132 minutes

Parents say

age 13+

Based on 1 review

Kids say

age 13+

Based on 1 review

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age 13+

Historic LGBTQ themed movie from the 80s and as such, terminology definitely feels out of date yet movie itself is definitely worth watching!

I totally get how LGBTQia+ youths can watch this movie today and be completely insulted by Toddie proclaiming when he 'decided to become a homosexual...' because I felt the same way about 15 years ago when I first heard that line and I instantly winced. However, since then it's also been brought to my attention how, for its time period, that being the early 80s, it was the first moment in mainstream Hollywood cinema as far as showcasing anything LGBT goes, which was literally centerstage for most of the movie. And not only that but it also shows the inner struggle of the main masculine character King when he's questioning his own sexuality due to his experience with finding himself intensely attracted to another 'man'. Until Victor/Victoria, such a thing was literally unheard of. So now, when I re-watch this movie, I use my '80s genre' lens so when Toddie says, 'When I decided to become a homosexual,' I'm actually hearing him say, "When I came to recognize who I truly am." And of course, Julia Andrews is at her absolute best in this movie, at 47 years of age!

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