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A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this movie.
Humility and integrity are major themes. Although much of the movie involves deception and pretending to be someone you're not to impress someone else, ultimately characters learn that they're much happier when they're true to themselves and one another. Honesty and self-acceptance are the foundations of lasting love.
Positive Role Models
C.D. means well but is undermined by self-doubt and insecurity for much of the movie, especially when it comes to romance. He does stand up for himself admirably in one very memorable scene. Chris also doubts himself and his ability to impress Roxanne. Roxanne has high standards when it comes to love; she's a smart, independent woman who doesn't want to settle for less than she deserves.
Violence & Scariness
C.D. uses a tennis racket and his feet to hit and batter two drunk jerks who insult him. He also punches a rude man in a bar and manhandles others who are rude to him.
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
Frequent innuendo and suggestive language, including in relation to C.D.'s large nose ("finally, a man who can satisfy two women at once"). Roxanne runs around naked after being locked out of her house; no sensitive body parts are seen, but there are glimpses of her bottom. References to oral sex. Characters talk about sex ("I mistook sex for love") and reference things such as Playboy magazine in come-on lines.
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Fairly frequent language includes several uses of "s--t," plus "p---y" (once), "bastard," "ass," "hell," "a--hole," "d--k," "horny," "knockers," "goddamn," and more.
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Products & Purchases
References to Playboy magazine.
Drinking, Drugs & Smoking
Adults drink wine and beer in bars and restaurants; reference to cocaine in the scene in which C.D. comes up with alternative insults to "big nose." C.D. drinks a slug of alcohol at one point to gird himself for a medical procedure (which doesn't end up happening). Two obviously drunk men insult C.D.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Roxanne is Steve Martin's update of the classic play Cyrano de Bergerac. It's sweet and charming and ultimately has a worthy message about having to believe in yourself to find true love. This 1987 romantic comedy also is edgier than its PG rating might suggest. There's frequent innuendo (some related to the size of Martin's character's nose) and talk of sex (including fleeting oral-sex references), as well as a scene in which costar Daryl Hannah runs around naked after being locked out of her house (no sensitive body parts are shown, but she's clearly nude). Characters also swear ("s--t," "a--hole") and drink socially. Martin's character is sensitive about his unusual facial feature, and he kicks, punches, and otherwise manhandles some of those who insult him. Two of the main characters collaborate on a deception that hurtfully misleads another, but truth and honesty eventually rule the day. To stay in the loop on more movies like this, you can sign up for weekly Family Movie Night emails.
Is It Any Good?
Martin both stars in and wrote the screenplay for this updated take on Edmond Rostand's classic play Cyrano de Bergerac, and it's brimming with his brand of witty, whimsical humor. Stand-out comic scenes include C.D.'s epic response to a restaurant patron who dares to call him "big nose" -- C.D. proceeds to come up with 20 better insults, leaving his fellow diners (and audiences) in stitches -- and a sequence in which C.D. and Chris use the fire/police radio to communicate during Chris' date with Roxanne, only to have things go off the rails when an emergency broadcast cuts in.
Roxanne also is sweetly, genuinely romantic. C.D.'s expressions of love are so eloquent and heartfelt that you fall for him right alongside Roxanne. If it's somewhat hard to believe that she'd fall for his and Chris' scheme even for a little while, just chalk it up to the mood of magical realism that permeates the whole movie. In C.D. and Roxanne's world, you just might discover true love and a new comet on the same night.
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