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Our local theater is back live this fall. I have tickets for our family, and want to decide whether it is appropriate for 9 and 13 year old children. What kinds of mature topics does Kinky Boots have? What other information might I want to consider in making this decision?

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    – Joe
    Jul 23 at 15:50
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What you consider appropriate will be a personal decision, but Common Sense Media reviews for the movie based on the musical consider it appropriate for 14+ (by the website itself) or 10+/11+ (by parents/kids). They specifically mention low to moderate levels of violence, bad language, sex, and drinking/drug use/smoking. They also mention it's quite long. There is one specific number ("Red is Sex") that might be a good place to start - look up the words or a video of someone doing the piece and see if that meets your standards; that seems to be the most objectionable piece to most reviewers. No actual sex is on stage/screen (in the movie, of course each portrayal of a given musical can make changes here!).

The musical's themes in particular can be challenging for children who have not been exposed to transgender/transsexual/transvestite topics, though of course the movie is very trans-positive. If your children have little to no awareness of these topics, it might be worth having a discussion first about what the differences are between these three, plus what a "drag queen" is and how that is different.

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    +1 for adding "having a discussion". Most sensitive topics are only bad for children if they aren't able to place it and/or learn when it is appropriate (if at all) to do those things themselves.
    – Imus
    Jul 26 at 8:39

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