A Parent’s Guide to The Glenn Miller Story (Movie)

WARNING: Reading this article may give away things in the stories ranging from unimportant to plot turners.

The Glenn Miller Story by Universal Pictures

Type: Biography, Music

Basic Plot: Glenn Millers wants to create a unique music style, but always ends up failing. Even though he keeps failing, his wife supports him and he eventually does succeed.


Plot and Story Organization: 3/5 Average: The plot covers Glen Millers life except for his childhood. He desires to have his own band and play a unique style of music, but has many trials before he finally is able to write and publish his own music. The plot has a slower pace, as it is an older movie, and does not have the action that modern movies do, so some may think it is boring. There is also a lot of music played through, and is what I think an instrumental musical would be like.

Music: 3½/5 Above Average: The music was jazz, blues, and ballads. There were a lot of musical numbers, and it was almost like a musical with no singing in some ways. A lot of songs were ones written by the real Mr. Miller. As music was a big part of the movie, it was well played. Personally I do not care for the style of jazz and blues, so if the score is lower than someone who does like it thinks it should be, I apologize, as someone who like the style may rank it higher.

Moral: 4/5 Good Application: The moral that you can see in Glen Miller’s life is to work hard and not give up on what you want to do with your life. It was discouraging for him, as it took years to even really start his goal, and even then had trouble throughout. He eventually becomes rich, has a family, and writes a music style he spent years to perfect. If we really want to do something or really know we are supposed to do it, we should not give up when it gets hard.

Overall: 3½/5 Above Average: The movie is good for either boys or girls and could be family movie, but adults might like it more than children. If you enjoy jazz, blues, ballads, and music similar to that, I can recommend this movie greatly as it is centered on that type of music. If you don’t have a preference of like or dislike for it, I can still recommend the movie, but some may find it long or boring, especially once Miller is in the army. If you don’t like that kind of music, I recommend you don’t watch this movie as it revolves around that style of music.

Moral Content

Sexual and Inappropriate Content: 1½/5 Sugestive: Some of the costumes the women wear when dancing are low on the top, are way to short, or have the back showing.  There is a picture drawn on the wall of a lady can can dancer. Some of the dancing in the show could be considered inappropriate.

Violence: 1/5 Slightly Violent: A bomb visibly explodes once. Warships shoot at the land in a war scene. It man cuts his lip on his instrument. No blood or gore is shown in any of the violence.

Swearing and Using the Lord’s Name: 1/5 A Little Misuse: “Gee” is used twice and “gosh” once. God’s name is misused once.

Emotional, Intense, and Disturbing Content: ½ /5 Slightly Emotional Content: A lady has a miscarriage, but it is not very emotional or dramatic. The warships fighting shooting may bother some people. At the end Glenn Miller dies and it is a little emotional for his wife.

Religious Issues: 0/5 None

Magic: ½/5 Slight Reference: A man refers to himself as an ogre. No magic is done in the movie.

Other: There is smoking in the movie occasionally and there is drinking at least once. There are drums used, but they are more like band drums then rock drums.

Overall: 1/5 All Ages Appropriate: The worst part of the movie was some of the clothes and dancing and the once misuse of God’s name. Otherwise it was clean. I recommend it, but cautiously, as the immodest dancing is short, but can make some people uncomfortable.


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