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Little Shop of Horrors Review

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  • 5.0

    out of 100

    Universal acclaim
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  • 88

    out of 100

    ReelViews James Berardinelli

    This is the kind of charming motion picture that can be viewed repeatedly without ever wearing out its welcome. With several triumphant musical numbers, an original villain, a smart and witty script, a cute romance, and a new, upbeat ending, this Little Shop of Horrors offers countless delights during its 94-minute running time.

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  • 88

    out of 100

    Chicago Sun-Times Roger Ebert

    This is the kind of movie that cults are made of, and after Little Shop finishes its first run, I wouldn't be at all surprised to see it develop into a successor to "Rocky Horror Show," as one of those movies that fans want to include in their lives.

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  • 88

    out of 100

    Chicago Tribune Gene Siskel

    The songs are joyful, and the plant is a foul-mouthed wonder when it begins to talk. Director Frank Oz deserves credit for staging a musical in classic form, creating nothing less than one of the year's most entertaining films. [19 Dec 1986, p.A]

  • 90

    out of 100

    Los Angeles Times Michael Wilmington

    A lot of this horrific Little Shop is not only sweet, melodic, funny and oddly idealistic, it's even, well, tasty. [19 Dec 1986, p.1]

  • 90

    out of 100

    Wall Street Journal Julie Salamon

    This musical about a plant that craves blood has a smart and snappy score -- and Steve Martin in a hilarious bit as a dentist who gives himself laughing gas as he treats his unanesthetized patients. [23 Dec 1986, p.1]

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Pause for kids 12 & under

Comic book creepiness, jazzy tunes, and fab cast.

What Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that this musical has dark themes and is not for children or very sensitive viewers. It's campy noir not meant to be taken seriously, but the dark comedic plot involves a sinister dentist who tortures his patients, and a flesh-eating plant that devours human parts in a graphic feeding scene. Some of the serious issues, like abusive relationships and ultimately murder, twitch under the plot's campy mechanics.

  • Families can talk about abuse and bullying in relationships. Why is Audrey dating such a creep? Is Seymour right to want to off the dentist?
  • What could have happened to Audre if she had not been "saved" by Seymour? How does her treatment in the movie make you feel?
  • Music and the role it plays in the movie. What do you think this would have been like on Broadway, as it originally was?

The good stuff
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    Messages: Seymour wants to save Audrey from her abusive boyfriend -- an honorable idea, though the means to the end are not.

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    Role models: Audrey is in a abusive relationship, Seymour is timid and easily pushed around and Audrey II (the hungry plant) is aggresive and pushy. Not much good here.

What to watch for
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    Violence: The man-eating plant demands to be fed. It gets gory from there on. Also, the sadistic dentist is pretty scary.

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    Sex: Audrey wears very provocative clothes and refers to kinky antics.

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    Language: Man-eating plant has dirty vocabulary.

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    Consumerism: Not applicable

  • drugsalcoholtobacco false3

    Drinking, drugs and smoking: The dentist abuses laughing gas in a very creepy way.