Based on Christina Crawford's scandalous tell-all memoir, Mommie Dearest paints a portrait of a Joan Crawford the public never knew. The film portrays Crawford as a wicked, abusive mother who lives as though she's perpetually onscreen.
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- Frank Perry
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PGParental guidance suggested. Some material may not be suitable for children.
YesLanguage and sound
English: Dolby Digital 5.1, French: Dolby Digital MonoOther features
Color; interactive menus; scene access; trailer; photo gallery
Common Sense Note
Parents need to know that Mommie Dearest is a cult-classic adaptation of actress Joan Crawford's daughter's tell-all, published in 1978, exposing her mother as a self-absorbed narcissist, alcoholic, and abusive, cruel parent. It features casual smoking and drinking, excessive strictness and verbal abuse, slapping, screaming fights, obscenities, and a famous scene involving spectacular rage over the use of wire hangers. There is casual profanity ("bitch," "s--t") and one brief use of "f--k." Though it's a disturbing portrait of a Hollywood star's sad life behind the scenes and the abuse suffered by her children, who claim they were adopted as a publicity stunt, the dramatic production and over-the-top performances have earned the film a spot for its campy brilliance. Best for teens who can understand the pathos here as well as the impressionistic world of memoirs-turned-film and Lifetime-style production.
- Sexual Content
- A man and woman enter a shower together naked (woman's shoulders up; man's waist up); a woman references seven previous miscarriages.
- Slapping children; spanking; yelling; mother locks daughter in changing room, insists she eat unrefrigerated leftovers from previous night's unfinished dinner, cuts daughter's hair roughly, hits daughter with bottle of cleaner, violently cuts rose bushes.
- "F--k," "goddamn," "hell," "bitch," "s--tty," "for Christ's sake"; harsh tones and verbal abuse such as "quitter."
- Social Behavior
- Surviving an abusive childhood.
- Not applicable
- Drugs / Tobacco / Alcohol
- Casual smoking and drinking throughout; references to alcoholism; daughter finds mother passed out, ostensibly drunk.
- 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