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Hedwig and the Angry Inch Review

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  • 5.0

    out of 100

    Universal acclaim
    based on a weighted average of all
    critic review scores.

  • 100

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    Wall Street Journal

    This extraordinary flight from the humdrum is not to be missed.

  • 88

    out of 100

    USA Today

    Wildly witty, but also inventive, audacious and poignant.

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  • 91

    out of 100

    Entertainment Weekly Lisa Schwarzbaum

    Mitchell directs and stars in the riotous, loving, and only occasionally pathos-milking film adaptation of his own acclaimed Off Broadway play, with great up-your-ante music and lyrics by Stephen Trask.

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For Families provided by Common Sense Media

Iffy for 16+

Poignant transsexual musical brims with wit, adult themes.

What Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that the main character in this energetic musical is a man who has undergone a botched sex change operation and lives life as a sort of drag queen rock star. Sexual dancing, innuendo, profanity, and tension thread through the entire film, including discussion of prostitution and oral sex. One scene includes brief, loveless intercourse where bodies are covered by a sheet, and another indicates an offscreen sexual act involving a hand. A couple scenes show male nudity from behind, and one segment shows illustrations of naked, non-sexual men and women.

  • Families can talk about gender identity. What do you believe makes someone a man or a woman? What is Hedwig? What do you think about people who change their physical body to be more like a different gender?
  • Besides someone's body, what else makes someone a man or a woman? What did you think about Hedwig's "Origin of Love" idea?

The good stuff
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    Messages: The primary message is that everyone deserves to be loved.

  • rolemodels true0

    Role models: No parent would hope for his or her child to end up as tortured and lonely as Hedwig, using alcohol and sex to numb pain. But Hedwig is also a survivor who shows resilience despite her circumstances. And she's a powerful performer who has found a way to do what she loves -- perform music.

What to watch for
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    Violence: One semi-humorous restaurant brawl scene triggered by a hate word. Emotional cruelty. Some mild pushing. News footage of people running across East Berlin border and getting hurt.

  • sex false3

    Sex: Lots of sexually suggestive content -- from clothing, to dancing, to plain sexual tension. All this is kicked up a notch because of the gender-bending issues. Nude male buttocks. One scene, under sheets, of main character thrusting into another character from behind.

  • language false4

    Language: Frequent profanity -- mostly "f--k." One instance of "c--t," plus some slurs.

  • drugsalcoholtobacco false3

    Drinking, drugs and smoking: Main characters drink frequently. Some peripheral smoking.