Common Sense Note
Parents need to know that tweens and teens who like musicals, American Idol, and Beyoncé will be eager to see this much-hyped Broadway adaptation. Several scenes of drug abuse are used to symbolically link excessiveness, addiction, and depression in "show business." Images include snorting lines of cocaine and smoking marijuana. Characters also drink heavily (often to drunkenness and sometimes hidden from others), smoke cigarettes, argue loudly, and engage in a fight or two. Some relatively mild -- but quite colorful -- language (mostly, several uses of "s--t" and "hell").
Characters appear in underwear and skimpy stage clothing; sexual seductions are made via song; very sensuous dancing and some suggestive lyrics (e.g., "We only have till dawn"); some kissing and embracing (in dramatic silhouette); child born out of wedlock.
Characters argue vehemently; brief fighting.
Language includes repeated uses of "s--t," a couple of "hell"s, a couple of angry, dramatic exclamations ("No f--kin' bulls--t!" and "You can't even take a s--t without me wiping your ass"); period use of "negro."
Rise, fall, and rise again of a girl group, as individuals and a unit; ambitious, naive, and eventually cynical though wiser, they lie and betray one another and rediscover hope and generosity in the end.
Drugs / Tobacco /
To indicate the dangers of the "entertainment industry," the film shows lots of cigar/cigarette smoking, drinking (hard liquor at parties, sometimes from hidden flasks, suggesting addiction, and often to the point of drunkenness), and taking drugs (marijuana, cocaine).