Young Frankenstein

  • Review Date: October 16, 2005
  • Rated: PG
  • Genre: Comedy
  • Release Year: 1974

Common Sense Media says

Brooks' corniness yields plenty of belly laughs.
  • Review Date: October 16, 2005
  • Rated: PG
  • Genre: Comedy
  • Release Year: 1974

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What parents need to know

Positive messages

Though an obvious parody of the horror genre the film presents a much happier ending than Shelley's original tale. The monster is accepted by the villagers, the Dr. finally admits his heritage and everyone lives happily ever after.

Positive role models

Characters are stereotyped exaggerations.

Violence
Not applicable
Sex

Bawdy humor and sexual innuendo, including a scene at the end that suggests Madeline Kahn's character has slept with the monster. Plus a few racy jokes: Frederick says "What great knockers" to Teri Garr's character, supposedly referring to the door's knockers.

Language

A few comically hurled curses.

Consumerism
Not applicable
Drinking, drugs, & smoking
Not applicable

Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that kids will hear a lot of bawdy humor and sexual innuendo, including a scene at the end that suggests Madeline Kahn's character has slept with the monster. Frederick says "What great knockers" to Teri Garr's character, supposedly referring to the door's knockers.

Parents say

Kids say

What's the story?

After denouncing his grandfather's work as "doo doo," Dr. Frederick Frankenstein (Gene Wilder) receives word that he's inherited his famous ancestor's Transylvanian castle. There, with the help of his lab assistant Inga (Teri Garr) and pop-eyed hunchback Igor (Marty Feldman), he discovers a secret library containing his grandfather Victor's notes on how to bring the dead to life. The temptation is too great to pass up. In the renowned Frankenstein laboratory, young Frederick creates his own monster (Peter Boyle) and harnesses the power of an electrical storm to bring him to life.

Is it any good?

QUALITY
 

Mel Brooks fans will rejoice at the re-release of one of his funniest films. Sure the gags are lame, and the script is almost infantile, but if you thought YOUNG FRANKENSTEIN was funny in 1974, you're just as likely to get a kick out of it today. There's an unembarrassed corniness about the movie that generates plenty of belly laughs. The monster's "Puttin' on the Ritz" number will even squeeze smiles out of those not inclined towards Brooks' brand of humor.

The vaguely smutty jokes and sight gags will go over well with the teen crowd, but the comic talents at work here will appeal to all ages. Marty Feldman, Teri Garr, Madeline Kahn, Cloris Leachman, and Gene Hackman comprise a comedy's dream cast. Peter Boyle brings an unexpected touch of dignity to the monster, and Gene Wilder is as charming and manic as he was in Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory.

Families can talk about...

  • Families can talk about parody. Is this film seemingly patterned after old horror films? How does it differ? Beneath the obvious ridiculing of old horror films, do you detect any sort of fondness for the genre?

  • Why was the monster originally rejected by the town's people?

Movie details

Theatrical release date:December 15, 1974
DVD release date:September 5, 2006
Cast:Gene Wilder, Madeline Kahn, Marty Feldman, Peter Boyle
Director:Mel Brooks
Studio:Twentieth Century Fox
Genre:Comedy
Topics:Misfits and underdogs, Monsters, ghosts, and vampires
Run time:105 minutes
MPAA rating:PG
MPAA explanation:parental guidance suggested

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Adult Written bybeebizzy April 9, 2008
AGENot rated for age
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Very Surprised!

I know I saw this movie years ago when I was a teenager but I didn't recall this much sex being thrown around. I was looking forward to watching an old funny movie.
I was very surprised and disapoointed. The review I checked on was "soft" in it's descriptions. Even if it is done in play it is still too much. Madaline howls like a dog when it shows her looking down at his private parts as he is undoing his pants and then lays down on her and she sings out in joy. Then it shortly shows the two of them smoking, apparntly having had sex and then going at it again for the 7th time!? There is more of this through out the movie, too much and it just spoils it. It's just not a movie that a family would enjoy.

Adult Written byMovieLover4Lyfe June 2, 2010
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8
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Very funny movie! Teenagers today might find it mundane, but children will love the silly characters!

Teen, 14 years old Written byKaty0 September 18, 2009
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12
QUALITY
 

Hilarious

"Young Frankenstein" is hilarious and a must-see for 12+.

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