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High Society

High Society
High Society
High Society
  • UR
  • 1h 47m
  • 1956
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Frank Sinatra, Grace Kelly, and Bing Crosby star in this romantic musical comedy with songs by Cole Porter. With socialite Tracy Lord (Kelly) about to remarry, her ex-husband (Cosby)--with the help of a sympathetic reporter (Sinatra)--has 48 hours to convince her that she really still loves him. Based on the film The Philadelphia Story.
© 1956 Warner Bros. Entertainment Inc.

Common Sense Media

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Common Sense Says
Charming, boozy musical remake has less screwball humor.

What Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that High Society (1956) is a musical remake of the slapstick classic, The Philadelphia Story. Kid appeal is a little lower with this version because the zany, slapstick shenanigans are gone. Great as the songs are, Cole Porter classics and Louis Armstrong's upbeat jazz probably won't hold kids' attention as much as the physical comedy of the original. It doesn't skimp on the booze, either. Alcohol's in almost every scene, and is even a key part of a musical number. It could be a good way to start a conversation about how movies and TV glamorize alcohol, and how or whether attitudes have changed over time. Lots of smoking, too. Expect some sexism in attitudes about women's roles in marriage, like how the husband is lord and master, and not taking your husband's cheating on you personally.

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The parents’ guide to what’s in this movie.
Positive Messages
Positive Role Models
Drinking, Drugs & Smoking
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Additional Info

  • Genre:Comedy, Drama
  • Release Date:July 17, 1956
  • Languages:English
  • Captions:English
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  • Screen Pass Eligible:Yes
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