Parents' Guide to

A Hard Day's Night

By Nell Minow, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 8+

Beatles classic is Fab-ulous, but expect lots of smoking.

Movie G 1964 87 minutes
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age 9+

Based on 5 parent reviews

age 6+

age 9+

Wittier and wickeder than you may remember

My 9 year old dissolves into uncontrollable giggles whenever we watch this. Let's face it: the Beatles were a group of overgrown kids sticking it to stuffy adults. If you haven't seen this in awhile, you may be surprised at the subversive humor: "I fought the war for your sort." "Bet you're sorry you won!" Or, "Are you a mod or a rocker?" "I'm a mocker". I'm tagging this as educational, because all kids should know about the Beatles, the Swinging 60s, and how they influenced American culture.

Is It Any Good?

Our review:
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Kids say (33 ):

The documentary style of this movie masks its tight construction, clever script, and sublime anarchy second only to the Marx brothers. It portrays the Beatles sympathetically -- like the heroine of It Happened One Night, they are constantly told what to do and smothered by all they have.

Part of the humor of A Hard Day's Night is that it is not the members of the Beatles but Paul's grandfather who causes most of the trouble. Musical numbers include "Can't Buy Me Love" and "Should Have Known Better" as well as the title song, its title taken from Ringo's warped syntax after a long recording session.

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