Gentleman's Guide to Love and Murder for children?

geissap
Chorus Member
joined:1/4/12
I'm seeing comparison's to Book of Mormon but I really can't find much on this play in terms of appropriate for children? Is it "dirty" like Book of Mormon? Is there lots of cussing etc. someone put a movie style rating on it for me please?



Updated On: 3/28/14 at 04:40 PM
oasisjeff
Broadway Star
joined:11/15/07
PG-13, mainly since it is a series of murders. I don't recall anything like nudity or cursing, though. Then again, I don't have kids, so I don't really pay attention to that...

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Updated On: 3/27/14 at 04:42 PM
PapaGe
Understudy
joined:6/11/12
There's no cursing. The violence is all comical but there are hints of blood. There's some suggestive body language, especially in the song Better With a Man, but nothing extreme. It is a show about lighthearted murder, however! I'd put it at PG-13 (maybe even PG). Other than the fact that they're both comedies, I wouldn't compare it to Book of Mormon at all.
geissap
Chorus Member
joined:1/4/12
Perfect. This will definitely be on our list I like the sound of it. It looks like it has a Mystery of Edwin Drood/One Man, Two Guvnors feel to it. Is that a better description? Or does that suck as a comparison too?

Updated On: 3/27/14 at 04:47 PM
oasisjeff
Broadway Star
joined:11/15/07
Sounds like you know what you're signing on to. Definitely had some One Man, Two Guv'nors elements, as far as physical comedy, British humor, farce, etc.
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PapaGe
Understudy
joined:6/11/12
Yep, I'd say Mystery of Edwin Drood/One Man, Two Guvnors is a good description. Personally, I love the show. Hope you enjoy!
perfectlymarvelous
Broadway Legend
joined:5/21/07
Drood is definitely a much better comparison than Book of Mormon. It's a very fun, silly show...I hope you enjoy it! I had a great time when I went.
ARTc3
Broadway Star
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I too enjoyed, Gentleman's Guide to Love and Murder, but I wouldn't necessary recommend it for children. How old are your kids? How sophisticated are they? How passionate are they about the theater? The humor is subtle and I thought an "adult" slant to it.
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themysteriousgrowl
Broadway Legend
joined:11/10/10

GENTLEMAN'S GUIDE TO LOVE AND MURDER FOR CHILDREN
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Anthony Fremont
Stand-by
joined:6/16/10
The silliness of it might appeal to children, but the satire more than likely won't.
singtopher
Broadway Legend
joined:12/28/05
The title of this thread made me giggle without the proper punctuation of the musical's title.
"If this is going to be a Christian nation that doesn't help the poor, either we have to pretend that Jesus was just as selfish as we are, or we've got to acknowledge that He commanded us to love the poor and serve the needy without condition and then admit that we just don't want to do it." -Stephen Colbert
geissap
Chorus Member
joined:1/4/12
Haha...didn't even consider proper punctuation but I do now see how that was a bad idea.

We actually have no kids. In all honesty we're just not huge fans of over the top cussing, sexual innuendo etc. in any movies we watch or plays we see. Neither of us really enjoyed Book of Mormon or Avenue Q for example.

We just have a tough time getting into over the top raw kind of humor just trying to get a shock out of ya...it doesn't usually work for us. On that same token we loved Jersey Boys which had alot of cursing but in a much different way. Along with that Kinky Boots and Priscilla Queen of the Desert are probably up there along our favorites as well. If that makes any sense? Mystery of Edwin Drood might actually be one of my favorite musicals we've seen...absolutely loved it!

Personal choice this isn't meant to offend anyone I get the appeal for some. And I was just trying to access if this play was that over the top SHOCK and AWE vulgar kind of humor or not.

Updated On: 3/28/14 at 09:24 AM
adam.peterson44
Broadway Star
joined:9/7/11
I would say that the tone of the humor is more witty than shock and awe/vulgar, but do keep in mind that they are playing serial murder as comedic (its circumstances, etc), so it's not exactly "wholesome" as entertainment goes. But the tone of it is not really played for shock value in terms of language choices (though arguably perhaps the situations and choices of the lead character to murder 8 people for money could be considered shocking).

Updated On: 3/28/14 at 10:14 AM
macnyc
Broadway Legend
joined:7/26/08
^^^ I agree with this! After all is said and done, I think you would enjoy the show.

Updated On: 3/28/14 at 10:50 AM
geissap
Chorus Member
joined:1/4/12
Yea I think so to. I didn't mean to make us sound like total prudes haha. But I do think there was a dramatic difference between say the humor in Priscilla Queen of the Desert vs. Book of Mormon. Priscilla had some areas of strong sexual innuendo and the F word was used on some occasions but it wasn't talking about *SPOILER ALERT!* mutilation of someone's "goods" and f-ing babies to get rid of AIDS. You know what I mean? There's a HUGE difference in my mind there.

Updated On: 3/28/14 at 11:24 AM
beaemma
Stand-by
joined:11/24/09
This thread illustrates the stupidity of the ad campaign that compares GENTLEMAN'S GUIDE to BOOK OF MORMON. A fan of MORMON who expects the same from GG, will be disappointed and bored. A person who might love GG would avoid it if he or she was not impressed by MORMON. The shows are both very funny, but in very different ways.

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