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Cabaret Review

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  • 4.0

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    Generally favorable reviews
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  • 30

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    By the time Scenarist Allen and Director Fosse have wrung them out, what's left - with one exception - is mostly slack and sour.

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  • 80

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    The New York Times

    Cabaret is one of those immensely gratifying imperfect works in which from beginning to end you can literally feel a movie coming to life.

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  • 88

    out of 100

    Chicago Sun-Times Roger Ebert

    This is no ordinary musical. Part of its success comes because it doesn't fall for the old cliché that musicals have to make you happy. Instead of cheapening the movie version by lightening its load of despair, director Bob Fosse has gone right to the bleak heart of the material and stayed there well enough to win an Academy Award for Best Director.

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  • 90

    out of 100


    It is literate, bawdy, sophisticated, sensual, cynical, heart-warming, and disturbingly thought-provoking.

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For Families provided by Common Sense Media

Iffy for 14+

Influential '70s musical features sex and mature themes.

What Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that this Academy-Award-winning musical is chock full of sexual innuendo and frank talk about casual sex, both hetero- and homosexual. Main characters smoke and drink throughout the film while living decadent, if impoverished, lives. The movie is set against the backdrop of the Nazis' rise to power in Germany, with a couple scenes of violence related to Nazi conflicts. The main character has an abortion.

  • Families can talk about Sally Bowles' emotional state. What drives Sally to want to become a star? Why do you think she has adopted such an intense personality? Why does she change her mind about her relationship with Brian?
  • Talk about what purpose sex serves to the characters in this movie. How do their values compare to yours?

The good stuff
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    Messages: The messages are complicated, but involve the importance of love and companionship, as well as the incredible human capacity for endurance.

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    Role models: Certainly nobody would wish Sally Bowles' life on their loved one since it's an emotionally fragile one aided by sex and alcohol. But Bowles and the other main characters are good at heart. A friend, Fritz, reveals himself as a Jew in order to marry the woman he loves, despite knowing that his admission is dangerous in the Nazi era.

What to watch for
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    Violence: A few violent scenes -- one of a man getting beaten up and left unconscious, one of a crime scene where a man appears dead with blood around him, and one tussle between a main character and some Nazis that results in a bruised face.

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    Sex: Plenty of discussion about sex -- Bowles talks about how she has frequent casual sex, another character describes an aggressive sexual encounter, brief talk about homosexual relations. A few post-coital scenes. Some kissing. The main character has an abortion.

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    Language: Moderate frequency of swear words like "bastard," "goddamnit," "screw," and "s--t."

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    Drinking, drugs and smoking: Frequent smoking and drinking, sometimes to excess and sometimes with the express intent to reduce anxiety.