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The Philadelphia Story Review

For Families provided by Common Sense Media

OK for kids 11+

Screwball romance is lots of fun for older kids.

What Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that this is a very funny comedy of manners, beautifully performed and directed. However, it's a bit risque and the class politics may be lost on younger kids. They may also be confused by the outdated gender roles. Parents should know that alcoholism, divorce, adultery, and lechery are made light of.

  • Families can talk about how gender roles have evolved since the movie was made.

The good stuff
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    Messages: Tracy is told she's unfeminine for having high moral standards--women are expected to tolerate alcoholism and adultery.

What to watch for
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    Violence: Some fistfights, played for laughs.

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    Sex: Not applicable

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    Language: Not applicable

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    Consumerism: Not applicable

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    Drinking, drugs and smoking: Tracy gets very drunk, kisses another man the night before her wedding, and goes for a midnight swim with him.