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Funny Lady Review

For Families provided by Common Sense Media

OK for kids 10+

Vibrant music, some infidelity in Funny Girl sequel.

What Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that Funny Lady is theatrical-style musical with lots of singing and dancing, a somewhat grown-up love story that includes infidelity, and a very glamourous look at Depression era show business. The women wear flashy clothes: showgirls in revealing, outrageous costumes; Streisand as Fanny Brice wears plunging necklines and shows lots of leg. Almost everyone smokes almost all of the time as was common during the 1930s. There is some social drinking, but no drunkenness. Occasional swearing throughout: "Goddamn," "bastard," "screw," and "ass" are heard numerous times, plus some insults, both English and Yiddish.

  • Families can talk about how biographical movies (both musical and dramatic) often alter the truth in order to make a more entertaining story. Where can you look to find the true story? In what movies would that be important to you?
  • In addition to being a very talented comic and singer, the real Fanny Brice was considered "a woman ahead of her time." In what ways do you think this is true? Which current celebs or actors do you think are ahead of their time?

The good stuff
  • message true2

    Messages: Even after heartbreak, it is possible to find love again, but one must accept the risks. An irrational refusal to give up the past can be very costly.

  • rolemodels true3

    Role models: Strong, talented, and determined, Fanny Brice is a woman who commands respect, as well as adoration, and was an early real-life example of feminine independence and success. It was only in "matters of the heart" that she faltered.

What to watch for
  • violence false0

    Violence: A buffalo is briefly loose backstage during a production. In a comic verbal-only argument, one character gets a bloody nose.

  • sex false2

    Sex: Some moderate kissing and embracing. A woman opens a bedroom door and it is clear that her husband has another woman in the bedroom with him. Set in a 1930s Broadway "Follies" environment, many costumes have plunging necklines and bare backs. Show girls wear revealing costumes. No nudity.

  • language false2

    Language: Swearing sprinkled throughout: "ass," "Goddamn," "bastard," "crap," "hell," "screw you," "schmuck," "s--t," "Jesus." Some insults: "broad," "pimp," "pansy," and an occasional Yiddish put-down.

  • consumerism false1

    Consumerism: Maxwell House coffee, Coca Cola, NBC.

  • drugsalcoholtobacco false3

    Drinking, drugs and smoking: Consistent with the 1930s culture in which the movie is set, most characters smoke frequently. Social drinking (champagne, whiskey, wine) occurs in a number of scenes, with no drunkenness.

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