Warning: contains spoilers***
One of the earliest movies to be
rated PG-13, this story follows a young man, named Seymour, who is trying to
please his boss with a plant business. One plant becomes incredibly popular and
I will stop there with the
narration. Below are what I liked about this film and what I felt could’ve been
This post will only include
information about the movie from 1986 and not the earlier movie from 1960 or
the live musical.
So, without further ado, here are
my thoughts on this film, starting with the strengths.
1: The Musical Numbers
The songs were great. In fact,
they were done by the same people who did Disney-animated movies such as “The
Little Mermaid”, “Beauty and the Beast” and “Aladdin”. While the music doesn’t
sound too similar, and obviously, the story is more mature, the structure of
the film is similar to that of a Disney classic. Between the midpoint and the
all-is-lost moment is a romantic number between Seymour and his love interest,
2: The Twist Where the Plant Talks
Seymour called the plant an Audrey
II to honor the lady he had strong feelings for. It started out as a normal
plant. Then, when Seymour cut himself, he fed the blood to the plant. It would
make smacking sounds when it was hungry. When it grew bigger, it surprisingly
could talk. It would tell Seymour to keep feeding it. I loved when Seymour said
to the plant at some point, “Don’t think you’re getting dessert.” Lol.
3: Seymour’s Character Development
While Seymour was nicer to Audrey
than her abusive boyfriend, the dentist, was, he wasn’t without his flaws.
Although the dentist had already died from the laughing gas, Seymour’s boss
thought Seymour was killing the dentist. Seymour feared trouble with the cops,
turned down journalists and people in the publicity business when they wanted
to advertise his plant and offer him money, and even brought something to
defeat the dentist before he perished from the laughing gas. Of course, Seymour
is still a good guy who’s had a tough life. He was orphaned at a young age and
his boss raised him, but not in a pleasing way.
Now onto the parts I felt could’ve
1: Audrey’s Ideal Life Explained
in the Number, “Somewhere that’s Green”
I first discovered this song in
“Family Guy”, when Herbert imagines a life with Chris. The lyrics there and in
“Little Shop of Horrors” are mostly the same. Audrey imagines a life with
Seymour where he rakes and trims the grass and Audrey is a happy wife into
cleaning and cooking. Some of her other dreams included TV dinners and a 9:15
bedtime. I know this story was written and is probably set in the late 50’s or
early 60’s, when standards for women were different. But seeing this in 2019, I
found those ideas too bizarre and unappealing. Most women probably wouldn’t
dream of a life like Audrey does during that moment.
2: A Dentist that Scares and Hurts
People Still Succeeds in his Job
I know this is a past decade, but
why would anyone want to go to a scary dentist? He causes pain the wrong way
and harms people physically at times. Why doesn’t anyone report him? Or at
least not come back? He should’ve lost patients due to his bad practicing.
Last, but not least, onto an idea
that I’m unsure about.
A Happy or Sad Ending
Originally, the film was going to
end where Audrey dies, Seymour feeds her body to his plant, and then the plant
eats Seymour after. That was in the director’s cut, which you can get on the
DVD. However, the theatrical release showed a happy ending, where Seymour
defeats the plant and he and Audrey get married, living happily ever after.
While I’ve always preferred happier endings to stories, I find that the sad
ending fits the tone and premise more. At the same time, I was more satisfied
with the happily-ever-after ending. I guess both are equally fine.
I would rate this film 4 out of 5