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Funny Face Review

For Families provided by Common Sense Media

OK for kids 9+

Bubbly, fashion-crazed Hepburn-Astaire musical.

What Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that the movie's high-fashion milieu, though satirized, does tend to be a consumerist plug for upscale women's clothing. Female characters are repeatedly objectified (all thin and gorgeous) and exhorted to dress and look their best. Being a pretty girl is equated with being rather stupid, and the heroine is chastised for trying to be more intellectual. Plus, there's a brief reference to "romantic" suicide in the context of the novel Anna Karenina.

  • Families can talk about the attitudes. Would you call this film sexist? How has the fashion scene changed (or not changed?) since Funny Face was made? While the script's "empathicalism" is a made-up philosophy, you can talk about existentialism and Jean-Paul Sartre, Jacques Derrida, and other French star philosophers, right down to today's Bernard-Henri Levy (married to movie-actress bombshell) who commands much media attention.

The good stuff
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    Messages: Lightweight characterizations that aren't really affecting one way or another. Even when Maggie declares that they're all supposed to be heartless big-city cynics who don't believe in love, there's no real meanness in it. Still, Jo's search for self-improvement and philosophy is repeatedly mocked, and her French guru gets knocked off his pedestal.

What to watch for
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    Violence: Just one guy hit over the head with a vase.

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    Sex: Not an issue

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    Language: Not an issue

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    Consumerism: A built-in ad for clothing and dressing to the nines, though no real-life product labels are mentioned.

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    Drinking, drugs and smoking: Social drinking, smoking in cafés.

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