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The Pajama Game

posted by Nell Minow
B+
Lowest Recommended Age:4th - 6th Grades
MPAA Rating:NR
Profanity:None
Nudity/Sex:Kisses
Alcohol/Drugs:Social drinking, character gets drunk
Violence/Scariness:Some tense confrontations, knife-throwing tricks
Diversity Issues:Strong women
Movie Release Date:1957
DVD Release Date:August 29, 2011

Labor Day is a good time to see this musical about the romance between a representative of the union (Doris Day) and a representative of management (John Raitt). It has the good sense to keep the plot out of the way of the wonderful songs (like “Hey There” and “Steam Heat”) and the ebulliently energetic dance numbers (choreographed by Bob Fosse). But there is enough of a plot to provide an opportunity to discuss the ways in which workers and managers might feel differently about things, and how they work together to find the best solution for both of them.

NOTE: There is a subplot about a man who is irrationally jealous and possessive, played for humor.

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