A naïve young poet (Ewan McGregor) falls in love with a cabaret star (Nicole Kidman), and their ill-fated romance serves as a convenient peg on which to hang a dazzling array of songs, from snatches of Rodgers and Hammerstein's "The Sound of Music" to Madonna's "Like a Virgin." But the real star is director Baz Luhrmann, who came up with this infectious concoction that won two Oscars for art direction and costume design as well as six other nods.
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- Baz Luhrmann
- DVD and Blu-ray
- 2002 BAFTA®
- 2002 Golden Globe Awards
- Best Motion Picture (Musical or Comedy)
- Best Actress in a Motion Picture (Musical or Comedy)
- Best Director (Motion Picture) nominee
- Best Actor in a Motion Picture (Musical or Comedy) nominee
- 2002 Academy Award®
- Best Art Direction
- Best Costume Design
- Best Cinematography nominee
- Best Actress nominee: Nicole Kidman
- Best Makeup nominee
- Best Sound nominee
- Best Film Editing nominee
- Best Picture nominee
English, Spanish (Neutral)Closed captioned
YesLanguage and sound
English: DTS 5.1 Surround, English: Dolby Digital 5.1, French: Dolby Digital 2.0 Surround, English: DVS - Descriptive Video ServiceOther features
Color; interactive menus; scene access; production commentary by Baz Luhrmann, Catherine Martin, and Don McAlpine; writing commentary by Baz Luhrmann and Craig Pearce; "Behind the Red Curtain" featurette.
English, French, Spanish (Neutral)Closed captioned
NoLanguage and sound
English: DTS-HD Master Audio, French: Dolby Digital 5.1, Spanish (Neutral): Dolby Digital 5.1, English: DVS - Descriptive Video ServiceOther features
Color; interactive menus; scene access; audio commentary; behind-the-scenes featurette; cast and crew interviews; making-of featurette.
Common Sense Note
Parents need to know that Moulin Rouge is the 2001 bombastic remake of the 1952 movie. Although the film, on paper, sounds a bit too mature for even teens (seduction and obfuscation are employed to raise money for a club), it's really quite a tender love story -- though there is plenty of sexual innuendo -- and a sweet message about the power of love. Characters frequently drink absinthe as well as various types of alcohol. There are references to prostitution. One of the characters is referred to in a disparaging manner as "the Jew." Overall, this is a hate-it-or-love-it movie: Where some see endless self-indulgence and ostentation, others see nonstop vivid entertainment of the kind guaranteed to make viewers temporarily forget the drab realities of day-to-day life.
- Sexual Content
- Satine, who prances around in lingerie, fakes an orgasm while Christian recites poetry. She also kneels in front of a man she's trying to seduce, as if mimicking a sexual position. Some kissing and straddling between couples. Lots of innuendo and repartee; for example: Christian: "I'm just a little nervous. It's just that sometimes it takes a while, ugh." Satine: "Ohhhh." Christian: "For, you know, inspiration to come." Satine: "Oh yes, yes, yes. Let mommy help, hmm? Does that inspire you? Let's make love!" One of the characters puts his hands on another character's crotch. References to prostitution.
- Zidler flashes a gun. A few fistfights.
- Sexual innuendo and entendre. A reference to a performer's "huge talent." One of the characters is referred to disparagingly as "the Jew."
- Social Behavior
- A courtesan seduces a man whom she thinks has plenty of money to invest in her show. In turn, that man treats her like property. A club owner sees nothing wrong in pimping out his star to get an investor for his shows. Characters drink absinthe and other alcoholic beverages, lie (for a good cause), fight, but in the end the movie's soft and gooey center is revealed through incessant discussions about the power of love.
- Not applicable
- Drugs / Tobacco / Alcohol
- Bacchanalia at various parties includes smoking and drinking. Christian and his bohemian friends drink absinthe and subsequently have hallucinations. A writer works with empty bottles of booze on either side of his typewriter.
- 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