Parents need to know that this classic musical is entertaining for all ages, though it may be too long (almost three hours) for the youngest kids. It's a biting satire that treats both the most egotistical snob and the "lowliest" street person with gentle humor and respect. It’s also a romantic story without even a kiss. There are no villains; there’s no violence (a few references to beating a woman for misbehaving are intended to be humorous). With the exception of one “ass” and a couple of “damns,” there’s no iffy language, either. A few scenes depict moderate drinking on social occasions, there’s one shot of a tipsy bridegroom on the way to his wedding, and one main character smokes a cigar.
- Families can talk about the idea of social class. How have things changed since the time in which this movie was set?
- How does the movie portray drinking? Are viewers supposed to get a specific take-away from that?
- How do you think Eliza feels about Professor Higgins in the end?