The Pajama Game

Posted on August 30, 2010 at 8:00 am

Lowest Recommended Age: 4th - 6th Grades
MPAA Rating: NR
Profanity: None
Alcohol/ Drugs: Social drinking, character gets drunk
Violence/ Scariness: Some tense confrontations, knife-throwing tricks
Diversity Issues: Strong women
Date Released to Theaters: 1957
Date Released to DVD: August 29, 2011 ASIN: B0007QS306

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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