Parents' Guide to

Old School

By Nell Minow, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 17+

Very politically incorrect; funny for many adults.

Movie R 2003 90 minutes
Old School Poster Image

A Lot or a Little?

What you will—and won't—find in this movie.

Community Reviews

age 15+

Based on 5 parent reviews

age 17+

CSM is on the nose with 17+

Sexual content is pretty strong. From a group sex scene to BJ lessons, the sexual content is not something my 14yo should watch, let alone a 12yo as others have suggested. GREAT movie and so funny! But feeling uncomfortable with kids who are too young in the room takes away all the enjoyment.
age 12+


Violence 2/5 Sex 4/5 Language 4/5 Drinking/Drugs/Smoking 4/5

Is It Any Good?

Our review:
Parents say (5 ):
Kids say (13 ):

After a long, long series of gross-out slob would-be comedies that thought it was enough to be disgusting, it is a relief if not always a pleasure to see one that has some very funny moments. Yes, it is morally bankrupt and completely politically incorrect. But what can I say, I laughed.

In even the best of this genre, there is about a five-to-one joke ratio of failures to successes. It really isn't very funny when a character finds out after the fact that the young lady he had sex with while drunk was not just a high school student, but the daughter of his boss; when a character calls out "earmuffs" to his six year old son so that the boy will cover his ears when his father is about to use bad language; when a character's wife asks for a divorce just weeks after their marriage; or when an elderly character is so struck by the sight of slicked-up topless girls waiting to wrestle him that he keels over dead. But over and over, Will Ferrell and Vince Vaughn throw themselves so completely into the material that they make it work much more often than it deserves.

Movie Details

  • In theaters: February 21, 2003
  • On DVD or streaming: June 10, 2003
  • Cast: Luke Wilson , Vince Vaughn , Will Ferrell
  • Director: Todd Phillips
  • Inclusion Information: Middle Eastern/North African actors
  • Studio: DreamWorks
  • Genre: Comedy
  • Run time: 90 minutes
  • MPAA rating: R
  • MPAA explanation: some strong sexual content, nudity, and language
  • Last updated: January 1, 2023

Inclusion information powered by

Did we miss something on diversity?

Research shows a connection between kids' healthy self-esteem and positive portrayals in media. That's why we've added a new "Diverse Representations" section to our reviews that will be rolling out on an ongoing basis. You can help us help kids by suggesting a diversity update.

Common Sense Media's unbiased ratings are created by expert reviewers and aren't influenced by the product's creators or by any of our funders, affiliates, or partners.

See how we rate