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Gentlemen Prefer Blondes Review

For Families provided by Common Sense Media

OK for kids 11+

Classic musical romp with dated premise is silly fun.

What Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that Gentlemen Prefer Blondes is a classic musical comedy full of dated stereotypes. "Diamonds Are a Girl's Best Friend" is a popular song from the movie but also the main theme, with the importance of finding a rich husband strongly emphasized. Women are mostly portrayed as dumb vixens, men are taken in by a pretty face, and everyone smokes and drinks. But, although sexual innuendo is thrown around a lot, no more than a few sensual kisses are shown. Most tweens and teens won't have much interest unless they're die-hard musical fans.

  • Families can talk about how the characters change in the film. Do you think Lorelei becomes a better person by the end? Or does she still think money is more important than love?
  • Do you think women are portrayed negatively in the film? Why, or why not?
  • What stereotypes do you see in the film?

The good stuff
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    Messages: Although Dorothy does provide a voice of reason, repeatedly warning Lorelei that going after a man for his money is a bad idea, the movie doesn't follow her advice. In the end, getting a rich husband is still glamorized, even if it's acknowledged that love should play a role. The movie offers lots of dated stereotypes.

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    Role models: Although Mr. Malone starts out as a scheming private detective, he shows that he values more than making a paycheck. Dorothy also shows the importance of friendship and loyalty.

What to watch for
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    Violence: While Lorelei sings "Diamonds Are a Girl's Best Friend," she playfully hits the male dancers in the face with her fan. They all then pretend to shoot themselves in the head with fake guns and sing the lyrics, "The French are glad to die for love / they delight in fighting duels."

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    Sex: Although no actual sex is shown, characters are shown kissing and embracing. The entire premise is about using your sexuality to entice a man into marriage or an affair. Mr. Malone is shown in his boxers.

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    Language: Not applicable

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    Consumerism: "Diamonds Are a Girl's Best Friend" references the brands Tiffany and Cartier. When the girls go shopping in Paris, there's a montage of designer shops with a focus on the brand names.

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    Drinking, drugs and smoking: Most of the characters are shown drinking and smoking throughout the movie. Dorothy and Lorelei also purposely try to get another character drunk and put sleeping pills in his drink to knock him out.

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