Parents' Guide to

True Lies

By Will Wade, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 14+

Exciting mix of thrills, comedy; older teens and up.

Movie R 1994 141 minutes
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Community Reviews

age 12+

Based on 5 parent reviews

age 8+

Escapist over the top fun.

It has over the top action movie violence without gore. Its pure entertainment meant to defy your sense of verisimilitude. Some minor sexual references/innuendos that are tame. Your kids are likely to here worse on the elementary school bus ride.
age 13+


13+ my suggested rating rated R for strong violence, language, and brief sexualality.

Is It Any Good?

Our review:
Parents say (5 ):
Kids say (20 ):

TRUE LIES effectively combines a thriller with a domestic comedy, and that's a tough feat to pull off. The conspiracy plot, about Arab extremists and stolen nuclear warheads, is not especially complex, but it provides a jumping-off point for several exciting chase scenes, shootouts, and major explosions. The more interesting story follows the Taskers, as Harry and Helen learn to share their secrets with each other. Tom Arnold is also entertaining as Harry's partner, a bitter divorcee with a profane mouth. Schwarzenegger is best-known for his action chops, and rightly so, but he's underappreciated for his comic skills, and this film lets him show off both skills. And Curtis more than holds her own as a mousy clerk who learns to roar -- and wield automatic weapons. Director James Cameron creates a thrilling story about love, marriage, and honesty, wrapped inside a thrill-a-minute action film. That said, parents may appreciate the messages more than their teens.

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