Parents need to know that West Side Story is Steven Spielberg's much anticipated adaptation of the Romeo and Juliet-inspired 1957 Broadway musical (which previously inspired the Academy Award-winning 1961 film). It stars Ansel Elgort and Rachel Zegler as legendary star-crossed lovers Tony and Maria. The setting is still 1950s New York City, but this version features more of the Sharks' Puerto Rican neighborhood and the community of the historical midtown Manhattan neighborhood. Unlike the mostly whitewashed original film, this version has only actors with Latino backgrounds cast to play the Puerto Rican characters -- although cultural specificity gets lost among iffy accents and the casting of only one Puerto Rican actor in a key role. Expect romance (love at first sight, kissing, flirting, sensual partner dancing, and implied sex) as well as tragic violence (including several deaths, sexual assault against an Afro-Latina woman by a group of White men, and fight scenes involving fists, chains, knives, and, ultimately, a gun). The language is occasionally salty ("t-ts," "s--t," "damn," and more) and racist ("spic," "wop," "dago," "guinea," "Polack," etc.), and one song famously uses the words "Krup you" as a sound-a-like to "f--k you." Written by Pulitzer Prize winner Tony Kushner (Angels in America) and co-starring Rita Moreno (who won an Oscar for playing Anita in the original film adaptation), the film explores themes of social injustice and racism, as well as the power of compassion and empathy.