I took my kids to see The Greatest Showman a month ago and it is still playing! This is a family-friendly movie appropriate for elementary-aged kiddos and older and I loved it.
For my birthday last week, I got a MoviePass and I’m excited to start using it! You can see unlimited movies for $10/month.
We went on New Year’s Eve to the Malco Ridgeway Four. This theater itself is pretty family-friendly. We sat towards the back. The seats are separated by a generous armrest, and, when lifted, the seat turns into a couch/loveseat. Our family of 4 fit on two of these seats. The armrests are plenty big to balance your popcorn, and, of course, includes a cupholder.
The synopsis of the movie:
“Inspired by the imagination of P. T. Barnum, The Greatest Showman is an original musical that celebrates the birth of show business & tells of a visionary who rose from nothing to create a spectacle that became a worldwide sensation.”
I loved this movie mostly because it is a musical. I was so entertained. The set and costumes are colorful. The story is pretty uplifting. There are educational moments. The biracial romance sparked a great conversation with my 6-year-old. “Mommy why can’t the man and lady with pink hair get married?” “There was a time when people with different skin color weren’t allowed to fall in love. We know better now.”
You can discuss with your kiddo the difference between exploiting people who are different and empowering them. “Mommy, does that man want to be in the circus?”
I would say this is great for age 6+ My 3-year-old got antsy about halfway through and my husband had to take her home. Normally she will sit through a whole animated film in the theater but this was not that.
Non-kid-friendly topics in the movie are:
- The word [email protected] is said (I’m not sure if any other curse words are used?!)
- There is drinking portrayed
- There is a little bit of violence with fist fighting, not gory blood though
- There is a suggested affair (you better believe I googled if that was true!)
The whole time I was googling to see how accurate the movie portrays the life of Barnum and is it VERY loose. You can read more about PT Barnum here, here, or here. Barnum was a famous supporter of the temperance movement (anti-alcohol). In Connecticut politics, he quickly distinguished himself as an advocate of African American equality and voting rights. He really did sponsor a Jenny Lind’s tour in America.
The Shriner circus is coming to Memphis this month! You can see the dates here.