Could I have watched this with my Dad? : Yep.
Could I have watched this with my Mom? : If I didn't already know she hates the story I would've said yes.
Language: Minor use of mild language.
Sex/Romance: No sex, lots of kissing. Some bare-breasted statues and a rather racy opera scene.
Violence/Gore: Yes, there are some murders and some sword-fighting, but nothing gory. (Murder is mainly hanging/strangling).
Did I feel the need to leave the lights off and sit in silence afterward? : Yes, I did sit quietly in the darkness all the way through the credits. (The credits song did make me cry several times as a child 😅)
Thoughts: While this adaptation (based on the musical adaptation) does stray from the original in some pretty critical areas, it is still a fantastic story of its own that I have adored for years and continue to be passionate about to this day. (Although I did not remember it was that long! 2 hours 20 minutes!)
I remember when my sister introduced me to this movie all those years ago, which is really saying something because I do not have a lot of memories. I must have been somewhat young-ish still because once I bought the soundtrack I was under strict orders to skip a certain song because it used the word d**n. Anyway, I watched it with my sister and absolutely fell in love with it. It was all so new. Sexy (but not so much that I wasn't allowed to watch it), dark, a bit twisted, music that set my musician's heart aflutter, with such an ending that broke my heart. The spectacle of it all overwhelmed and excited me all at once. And the trio during the reprise at the end? My little child mind was blown. I think this was my first real introduction to musical theatre. I know it's a movie, but it is based on the musical, and is a good gateway into the genre for the uninitiated.
In the End: 5 out of 5 stars. Keep your hand at the level of your eyes (or don't if you're into that sort of thing 😏)