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Parents' Guide to

The Incredible Shrinking Woman

By Scott G. Mignola, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 10+

Excruciatingly bad Lily Tomlin comedy.

Movie PG 1981 88 minutes
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Community Reviews

age 9+

Based on 1 parent review

age 9+

Nothing but a silly movie

It is an old comedy. Set your expectations at crude slapstick. It is just silly funny, nothing more, nothing less. Kids think it is silly. There isn't anything educational or to gain. Again, it is just a big joke.

Is It Any Good?

Our review:
Parents say: (1 ):
Kids say: Not yet rated

THE INCREDIBLE SHRINKING WOMAN is so awful in so many ways; for starters, there's Jane Wagner's witless script. It uses elements from the sci-fi classic The Incredible Shrinking Man to say something about the plight of the suburban American housewife, the responsibility of chemical manufacturers, and the moral character of the advertising industry. But the story only begins to articulate these points before abandoning them for a fake-looking ape and yelling people slipping on banana peels. The plot generates a few madcap laughs but in general it fails to be funny or compelling. Frequent references to a married couple's sex woes are in poor taste.

Lily Tomlin and Charles Grodin never looked more bored in their lives, and the special effects are cheap and completely unconvincing. For family appeal there are a couple of loud, obnoxious kids, and some cutesy stuff with the shrinking woman living in a dollhouse and wearing doll clothes. But if this is a movie for kids, what's with the repeated allusions to the couple's unhappy sex life? What about the gratuitous reading of a cereal box's ingredients, which include "synthetic spermatozoa" and "bull scrotum"?

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