Parents' Guide to

Dutch

By Heather Boerner, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 13+

Coarse tale of family and Thanksgiving for teens.

Movie PG-13 1991 108 minutes
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Community Reviews

age 11+

Based on 4 parent reviews

age 12+

oh Ed

Ed O Neil is funny gosh this was a good movie.
age 12+

funny movie.

when I watched this movie I laughed cause its funny. its not a movie for young kids. but 12 and up its fine and funny.

Is It Any Good?

Our review:
Parents say (4 ):
Kids say (3 ):

DUTCH is an argument for the strong male role model in a boy's life, even if that role model is a swearing, cigar-smoking parental figure who turns borderline abusive as a kind of reverse psychology. The trouble with this movie is that it's trying to be both a family-values film and a teen version of A Christmas Carol. Doyle learns to respect people who have less money than he does, but the whose-is-bigger posturing between a grown man (Dutch) and a young boy (Doyle) is ridiculous. And the only women in the film are ditsy waitresses, prostitutes, and a completely ineffectual mother.

In fact, the most interesting part of the film is how Natalie's helplessness is a prerequisite for Doyle to play the big, strong man. If Natalie would just stand up to her son and tell him to can the insults, Dutch wouldn't need to be the knight in shining armor. Unwittingly, Dutch teaches teens a little something about gender roles and how you can't have one without the other.

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