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A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this movie.
Violence & Scariness
Mostly cartoon-ish slapstick violence. Rape jokes.
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
Some sexual innuendo. Cleavage.
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Plenty of swearing, repeated racial slurs made in jest.
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Drinking, Drugs & Smoking
Cigar smoking, heavy drinking
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Blazing Saddles is a classic spoofy comedy with bawdy language, sexual innuendo, and a send up of racism that younger viewers may not be able to understand and therefore misinterpret. Drinking and prostitution are also lampooned. There are some laughs at the expense of flamboyant characters who are meant to be thought of as gay. To stay in the loop on more movies like this, you can sign up for weekly Family Movie Night emails.
Is It Any Good?
As frenzied and eager to please as any Mel Brooks comedy, Blazing Saddles' defining characteristic is its willingness to poke fun at the normally taboo subject of racism. The film hasn't aged perfectly; the gags that amused in the 1970s by virtue of their sheer outrageousness might just seem like bad taste now. But, wo-written by Richard Pryor in the prime of his career, the movie has enough funny moments to outweigh theones that fall flat. The action, meanwhile, possesses the unmistakably silly tone of Brooks' comedies, including frenetic pacing and a few snappy song numbers.
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