OK for kids 10+
"Greatest hits" show is tame enough for tween Gleeks.
What Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that this 3D concert musical -- which features the cast of Fox's hit show Glee performing their most popular song covers, with additional interview footage of three of their biggest fans -- is much tamer than the TV show. The series routinely deals with heavy/edgy material, but the movie is more like a "greatest hits" of the stars' performances, so there's nothing particularly questionable except for Brittany's racy rendition of Britney Spears' "I'm a Slave 4U." The interviews with the fans discuss issues about being "different" in high school (being gay, a little person, autistic, etc.).
- Families can talk about how most of the TV show's fans say they see themselves in various characters. What is the show's message about diversity and tolerance?
- What does Glee teach about bullying and stereotyping? How do the characters represent various "types"?
- Do you think this movie (and the concert itself) is intended to appeal to a different audience/age group than the TV show?
The good stuff
Messages: Because the movie demonstrates how fans have taken Glee's messages to heart, it's a powerful testimony to why teens should celebrate diversity and accept and respect people no matter what they look like or whom they love. The concert movie, like the show, emphasizes the idea that we're all "losers" and everyone has something that makes them "different," whether it's Artie being in the wheelchair, Curt being gay, Mercedes black, Zizes large, etc. The real-life fans include a little person who's also a cheerleader, a young gay guy, and a young woman with Asperger's.
Role models: The Glee kids all have flaws, but each is a role model in his/her own way. In this concert movie, the role models are the real teens who show audiences that we've all got issues to deal with and obstacles to overcome, so there's no reason to be a bully.
What to watch for
Violence: Not an issue
Sex: Dressed in bikini-style outfit, Brittany does a sexy dance routine to Britney Spears' song "I'm a Slave 4U." Real fans say they like certain characters because they are "hot." Brittany makes a joke that her "boobs" will look "awesome" in 3D.
Language: Very sparing use of words like "boobs," "hell," "damn," and "oh my God."
Consumerism: The entire movie is a pitch for how wonderful Glee is, of course, but the connection to real fans and how the show has made it difference in their lives makes it more than just a big commercial.
Drinking, drugs and smoking: Not an issue
Fan Reviews provided by
Not what I expected. by TBY2225
I am a big Glee fan, but was very disappointed in this movie. It was not what I expected at all. I was hoping for more of the story of the characters but instead got a bunch of fan filler, loud screaming fans, and scans of the fans. I wanted more songs and music from the show and more of the character interaction. It wasn't worth the money I paid and that was even with one ticket being free. I would not recommend paying to go see this. Save your money and wait for the new season of Glee in September.
I saw this on TV's HBO and is was great songs but kept trying to beat the pity drum by ekvegas
I saw this on TV's HBO and is was great songs but kept trying to beat the pity drum with emotional sob stories that would have been inspirational if they were said once, and not staged and re-hashed over and over again. I am glad we can embrace our differences and Glee has helped steer us through these turbulent waters buy enough already or give me new stories to follow between songs.
If you've watched the TV show... you've basically seen this movie. by kenmitchhen
Same old songs... don't waste your money.
Glee 3D Concert Movie by sostrinsky
I loved the movie and everything about it save for one complaint - IT WAS TOO SHORT!
For the price of the movie ticket I felt a little jipped. Everything in it was great but I would have liked to see a few more numbers and/or complete numbers as opposed to going into them half-way through (for example why were the duets between "Quinn & Sam" and "Kurt and Rachel" gone into almost half-way through?). Would have also liked to have seen some of the banter between the cast onstage.
Otherwise it was great!
it was ok by admattai
decent songs, cute kid in youtube video dancing to 'raise your glass', scripted inspiration movies. that sums glee 3d in a nutshell. i'm glad i had a fandango coupon from livingsocial to see this haha