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A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this movie.
Violence & Scariness
A tiny woman falls in a garbage disposal, is nearly ground to death.
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
Allusions to the sexual frustrations of being married to a tiny woman.
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One or two moderate curses. A cereal box's ingredients, read aloud, include "synthetic spermatozoa" and "bull scrotum."
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that kids will hear allusions to the sexual frustrations of being married to a tiny woman. There are one or two moderate curses and some potty-mouth talk: A cereal box's ingredients, read aloud, include "synthetic spermatozoa" and "bull scrotum." The shrinking woman is in perpetual danger of being squashed or worse. She falls in a garbage disposal and is nearly ground to death. To stay in the loop on more movies like this, you can sign up for weekly Family Movie Night emails.
Is It Any Good?
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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