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Dolly Levi uses her matchmaking skills in New York City to orchestrate the love lives of her friends, all the while trying to get the man she likes to fall for her.
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Critics Consensus: Though Streisand charms, she's miscast as the titular middle-aged widow in Gene Kelly's sluggish and over-produced final directorial effort.
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Common Sense Says
Magical, old-fashioned musical still dazzles.
What Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Hello, Dolly! is a 1969 romantic comedy based on the classic Broadway musical. There's some drinking at a fancy dinner (wine, champagne), and one of the characters talks of wanting to drink a rum toddy. "Damn" is used twice. It's a movie set in New York in 1890, so many of the characters reflect the beliefs and attitudes of the time concerning gender roles. For instance, the abrasive rich man Horace Vandergelder (played by Walter Matthau) sings a number called "It Takes a Woman" in which he expresses his opinion that women are best suited for, among other chores, "lovingly set(ting) out the traps for the mice." For families watching this movie, it's a great opportunity to discuss "traditional" gender roles, how they're presented in the movie, and how Dolly, by force of her personality and character, seems to transcend these prevailing attitudes.
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- Release Date:December 16, 1969
- Captions:English, Spanish
- Audio Format:Stereo
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