Bye Bye Birdie

1963 G 1h 52m DVD

Bye Bye Birdie

1963 G 1h 52m DVD
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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.
Janet Leigh, Dick Van Dyke, Ann-Margret, Maureen Stapleton, Bobby Rydell, Jesse Pearson, Paul Lynde, Ed Sullivan, Elaine Joyce
George Sidney
Widescreen Anamorphic 2.35:1, Full Screen 1.33:1
Korean, Thai, Portuguese, English, Spanish (Neutral), Chinese Simplified
English: Dolby Digital 5.0, English: Dolby Digital 2.0 Surround
G - All ages admitted. Nothing that would offend parents for viewing by children.
age 9+
Common Sense rating OK for kids 9+
age 9+

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 child and your family
  • Parents strongly cautioned
  • Not appropriate for kids of the age

This information for parents is provided by Common Sense Media, a non-profit organization dedicated to improving kids' media lives.

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