What Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that singers Cher and Christina Aguilera star in this fairly sexy musical, which has lots of suggestive dancing and skimpy costumes, as well as a scene with a naked male backside, some kissing, and some under-covers snuggling. There's also some swearing (including "s--t" and one use of "f--k") and drinking (including a scene in which a character drives under the influence). But underlying all of the racy stuff are feel-good messages about small-town girls making good, nice guys finishing first, and being anything you want to be if you try.
- Families can talk about the art of burlesque. Does the film really explain what it is? How does it incorporate sexuality?
- How does this movie compare to other musicals, both recent and long past?
- What is it about the big city that beckons, at least in the movies, to small-town characters? What do they have that small towns apparently don't? Do you think the media accurately portrays the difference between the two?