2006 PG-13 2h 10m Blu-ray / DVD

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2006 PG-13 2h 10m Blu-ray / DVD
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This big-screen adaptation of the hit Broadway musical follows the rise of 1960s girl group the Dreams. Tensions arise when manager Curtis demotes the talented Effie from lead singer to backup, replacing her with the more marketable Deena.
Blu-ray DVD
Widescreen Anamorphic 1.85:1
English, Spanish (Neutral)
English: Dolby Digital 2.0 Surround, English: Dolby Digital 5.1, French: Dolby Digital 5.1
Widescreen Anamorphic 1.85:1
English, English SDH, French, Spanish (Neutral)
English: Dolby Digital 5.1, French: Dolby Digital 5.1, Spanish (Neutral): Dolby Digital 5.1
PG-13 - Some material may be inappropriate for children under 13. Parents are urged to be cautious. Some material may be inappropriate for pre-teenagers.
age 13+
Common Sense rating OK for kids 13+
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age 13+

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").

Sexual Content

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."

Social Behavior

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.


Not applicable

Drugs / Tobacco / Alcohol

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).

  • 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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