Bye Bye Birdie
When teen heartthrob Conrad Birdie (Jesse Pearson) gets drafted, his songwriter (Dick Van Dyke) organizes a nationwide contest in which one lucky girl will give Birdie a farewell smooch. Ann-Margret plays the anointed teen, and her Midwestern town goes gaga when Birdie shows up. Janet Leigh and Maureen Stapleton co-star in this cheery slice of 1960s camp based on the hit Broadway musical of the same name.
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- George Sidney
- 1964 Golden Globe Awards
- Best Motion Picture (Musical or Comedy) nominee
- Best Actress in a Motion Picture (Musical or Comedy) nominee
- Top 100 Laughs nominee
- 1964 Academy Award®
- Best Sound nominee
- Best Music Score nominee
Widescreen Anamorphic 2.35:1, Full Screen 1.33:1Subtitles
Korean, English, Spanish (Neutral), Portuguese, Chinese Simplified, ThaiClosed captioned
YesLanguage and sound
English: Dolby Digital 2.0 Surround, English: Dolby Digital 5.0Other features
A nice Columbia-TriStar treatment, with the usual plethora of subtitles that TriStar provides (English, Spanish, Portuguese, Chinese, Korean and Thai) as well as three different sound options. You can pick Dolby 5.1 or 2.0 or -- for audio historians -- a recreation of the film's original three-channel sound mix. Widescreen and fullscreen; there's also the original trailer and some cast/crew information, too.
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Common Sense Note
Parents need to know that this 1963 movie musical is rated G, but the adolescent-hormone focus of the plot may not be as age-appropriate for early-elementary-aged kids. There's nothing overt or explicit, but the amount of innuendo and the emphasis on high-school romances and celebrity crushes would probably earn this musical a PG rating now. There's some innuendo that will go over little kids' heads -- teenage girls swooning, screaming, and literally fainting in the presence of an attractive singer. Close-up shots of the singer's Elvis-style pelvic-thrusts and references to going steady, kissing, and engagement are prevalent throughout the movie. Otherwise, there's little that parents need to think twice about in the high-school musical.
- Sexual Content
- Girls swoon and faint in the presence of a sexy singer. The teenagers are all boy and girl-crazy, but there's nothing more than brief, very chaste kissing in the movie. There is, however, some innuendo (for example, the dad says his daughter will lose "more than sleep" if the rock star stays at their house). There's plenty of discussion about dating, "going steady," "getting pinned," girlfriends/boyfriends, and teenage romance in general. In one conversation, a married couple debates (without ever being explicit about it) whether an engaged couple has had sex or not.
- None, unless you count mob scenes of screaming teenage girls trying to catch a glimpse of their favorite rock 'n' roll singer. Plus, some of the girls literally swoon and faint in his vicinity.
- Not applicable
- Social Behavior
- Message that kids can be too obsessed with celebrities, and that this obsession isn't healthy.
- Not applicable
- Drugs / Tobacco / Alcohol
- Adults drink at dinner parties.
- Age appropriate
- Not an issue
- Depends on your kid and your family
- Not appropriate for kids of the age most likely to want to see it