What You Need To Know:
(H, B, L, S, A, M) Fabian Socialism tempered by some moral awakenings and thematic conclusions; 9 obscenities; reference to two non-marital living arrangements; alcohol use; and, revenge & blackmail discussed but not depicted.
The multiple Oscar-winning MY FAIR LADY is a musical comedy that brings George Bernard Shaw’s famous play PYGMALION to the big screen with some wonderful twists and great music. Professor Henry Higgins, a dialect specialist in turn-of-the-century London, claims to a friend that he could raise the social level of anyone simply by altering the manner in which they speak. To test this theory, he selects Eliza Doolittle, a cockney flower girl, and begins to give her elocution lessons. Eliza’s transformation into a high society lady is not an easy transition and the experiment produces some unexpected and humorous results.
This is a charming and delightful musical with a superb range of engaging, character-driven tunes. As should be expected with a musical based on a work by Shaw, Fabian Socialist morality is presented and debated within the movie. However, the storyline of the musical subtly refutes the play’s anti-morality arguments and comes down on the side of morality in the end. Moreover, with the exception of the repeated use of one minor obscenity and one minor vulgarity, any other offensive elements are only implied, often refuted and never explicitly shown. With its memorable music and wonderful performances, MY FAIR LADY is an enjoyable musical comedy worth revisiting.