Common Sense Note
Parents need to know that this Academy-Award-winning musical is chock full of sexual innuendo and frank talk about casual sex, both hetero- and homosexual. Main characters smoke and drink throughout the film while living decadent, if impoverished, lives. The movie is set against the backdrop of the Nazis' rise to power in Germany, with a couple scenes of violence related to Nazi conflicts. The main character has an abortion.
Plenty of discussion about sex -- Bowles talks about how she has frequent casual sex, another character describes an aggressive sexual encounter, brief talk about homosexual relations. A few post-coital scenes. Some kissing. The main character has an abortion.
A few violent scenes -- one of a man getting beaten up and left unconscious, one of a crime scene where a man appears dead with blood around him, and one tussle between a main character and some Nazis that results in a bruised face.
Moderate frequency of swear words like "bastard," "goddamnit," "screw," and "s--t."
The messages are complicated, but involve the importance of love and companionship, as well as the incredible human capacity for endurance.
Drugs / Tobacco /
Frequent smoking and drinking, sometimes to excess and sometimes with the express intent to reduce anxiety.