Common Sense Note
Parents need to know that given the nature of the subject matter, they might want to see it with their kids, or even before them, so that they can talk to them about the themes and the content of the film. After all, this musical features characters who are addicted to heroin, have AIDS, and argue with one another over class politics and property. Characters smoke cigarettes, drink alcohol, smoke a joint, and appear purchasing and shooting heroin. One couple is lesbian, another is gay (one partner being a transvestite). Early on, a character is beaten bloody by muggers. One character pole dances in a strip club, others are HIV positive and one character dies of AIDS in a very sad scene. Peppery language includes two f-words, as well as other mild cursing (s-words, "ass," "damn"). But the eight protagonists are charismatic and committed to one another, which offers a healthy model of friendship and romance.
Characters sing about love and sex; one dances at a strip club; another is a drag queen' couples are gay, lesbian, and straight.
Character beaten by street thugs in beginning; a couple of HIV+ characters become visibly ill; one dies.
Lyrics include at least two f-words, as well as other mild and frequent cursing.
Characters do drugs; characters argue and fight; in the end, they learn the value of love.
New York City streets include billboards, flyers, and neon ads for fictional brands.
Drugs / Tobacco /
Smoking, drinking, and pot-smoking; heroin purchase and shooting.