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West Side Story

West Side Story
West Side Story
West Side Story
  • PG-13
  • 2h 36m
  • 2021
Certified Fresh91%
Common Sense Media Iconage 13+
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Produced and directed by legendary filmmaker Steven Spielberg, from a screenplay by screenwriter and playwright Tony Kushner, WEST SIDE STORY tells the classic tale of fierce rivalries and young love, set in 1957 New York City. A whole new generation can experience this reimagining of the beloved musical originally choreographed by Jerome Robbins, with music by Leonard Bernstein, lyrics by Stephen Sondheim and original book by Arthur Laurents. Ansel Elgort stars as Tony, a former member of the Jets street gang, and Rachel Zegler stars as María, a young woman whose brother is the head of the Jets’ rival gang, the Sharks. When Tony and María meet, they fall in love, but those close to them discourage their union. As racial and territorial tensions mount between the competing gangs, events unfold that threaten the young lovers’ happiness. Along with its iconic songs, the film features breathtaking new choreography from Justin Peck, with the score helmed by renowned Los Angeles Philharmonic conductor Gustavo Dudamel and arranged by composer and conductor David Newman. WEST SIDE STORY also stars Ariana DeBose, David Alvarez, Mike Faist, Josh Andrés Rivera, Ana Isabelle, Corey Stoll, Brian d’Arcy James, and Rita Moreno, who was featured in the 1961 film version, and who serves as an executive producer. The film’s creative team additionally includes Kushner as an executive producer, along with Daniel Lupi and Adam Somner, with Kevin McCollum and Kristie Macosko Krieger also producing. A timeless story of love and social unrest, the film also features stunning cinematography by Janusz Kaminski.
© 2021 20th Century Studios and TSG Entertainment Finance LLC.


Rotten Tomatoes® Score

Certified Fresh91%
Critics Consensus: Steven Spielberg's West Side Story presents a new look at the classic musical that lives up to its beloved forebear -- and in some respects might even surpass it.
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Common Sense Media

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Common Sense Says
Dazzling musical adaptation has violence, language.

What Parents Need to Know

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.

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Additional Info

  • Genre:Drama
  • Release Date:December 10, 2021
  • Languages:English, Spanish
  • Captions:English, Spanish
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  • Screen Pass Eligible:No
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