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Post Not family friendly enough
Some people have argued about whether or not Oklahoma! is family friendly. I will list all aspects of it that some people might object to. Then you guys can give your opinions.

"The little wonder" shows some risque pictures.
"Kansas City" talks about a woman who stripped down so that "she proved that everything she had was absolutely real."
Ado Annie seems fine with fooling around with multiple guys. There are multiple innuendos with her character and Ali Haki, who is a shameless philanderer.
Jud has pornographic pictures.
Laurie's dream includes a part with women who dress and dance provocatively.
In the dream, Jud and Curly get into a violent fight in which Curly dies.
Jud tries to get Curly with the hidden knife in "the little wonder."
The men give Curly and Laurie a shiveree, which means that they make noise, go into the newlyweds' room, interrupt their lovemaking, and get the couple to come back to the party in their underwear.
In real life, Jud tries to kill Curly, Curly fights him off, and Jud falls on his own knife and dies.


Wed Jan 26, 2011 4:51 pm
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Post Re: Not family friendly enough
Just because it might not be family-friendly doesn't mean children won't benefit from being exposed to such a top-notch piece of theatre. :D

I mean, depending on how parents are with their children, they might already be being exposed to much worse on television already, without the benefit of fantastic songs or storytelling.

A show like Oklahoma! can be turned into a learning experience and a discussion piece with families as much as it makes me retch to type that. Having children see these less savoury bits of the show and ask questions about them proactively is far more valuable than taking a ten-year-old to Mulan Jr. with the knowledge that they willl be safely anaesthetized for an hour and a half.

Theatre was always meant to be a provocative and stimulating experience, and if parents can properly educate their children, something like Oklahoma! may actually be a beneficial thing rather than a potentially non-family-friendly one.

I guess what I mean to say is that if I had children, I wouldn't take them to anything that I wouldn't go to normally. So Seussical is out, and Oklahoma! is in. :D

But I guess it depends on ones' priorities... :mrgreen:


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Post Re: Not family friendly enough
It was banned at my high school. :(

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Post Re: Not family friendly enough
Brock07 wrote:
It was banned at my high school. :(

I pity your high school.


Sat Sep 03, 2011 5:46 pm
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Post Re: Not family friendly enough
I think the worlds gone protection mad I mean a musical being banned that's crazy my grandmother got me in to this film and show when I was five and I didnt bat an eye lid I didnt even know there was rude things in it. I would take kids to see it for sure its full of cowboys and the songs I just love what child would not like that. so I think we need to lighten up a bit there is worse on the internet and tv xxx


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Post Re: Not family friendly enough
Another one of the complaints I've heard often is about the "Poor Judd is Daid" scene- ya know, the protagonist trying to off the bad guy by convincing him to hang himself... :P

Despite the 'not family friendly' warning so many people give out, I really doubt those songs and scenes will influence a toddler or young child greatly. In fact, (I believe it has been mentioned), I think the fantastic dance and music numbers will stand out much, much more then a little bit of innuendo. (As in, you won't get "Dum diddy dum dum duum" our of your head for weeks. If you're lucky.)

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