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An American in Paris Review

For Families provided by Common Sense Media

OK for kids 8+

Unforgettable musical is great for parents and kids alike.

What Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that while this movie's content is squeaky-clean (with sexuality limited to a few brief kisses), the plot behind the songs and dances is racier than that of the typical musical, featuring romantic complications, infidelity, and a predatory female character who seems intent on turning Gene Kelly's character into a gigolo. Younger kids probably won't get the innuendos, while older ones may be a bit discomfited by the romantic duplicity of the film's characters.

  • Families can talk about whether unmarried couples who are dating owe each other truth and fidelity, and why. They might also discuss the casual ways in which the characters seem to view love, falling in and out of it easily and quickly. Is this a true portrait of the way human beings organize their romantic lives? Or is real life more complicated by emotion?

The good stuff
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    Messages: Not an issue

What to watch for
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    Violence and scariness: Not an issue

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    Sexy stuff: Very, very mild sexual innuendos.

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    Language: Not an issue

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    Consumerism: Not an issue

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    Drinking, drugs and smoking: Characters are shown having cocktails in various nightclubs.

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