Kid reviews for Arsenic and Old Lace

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Common Sense says

age 11+

Based on our expert review

Parents say

age 10+

Based on 2 reviews

Kids say

age 11+

Based on 6 reviews

age 10+

Saw this in my 6th grade Drama class, so it must be safe. (;

Sex: none except Mortimer and his wife kiss for a very long time. Like, a whole two minutes, but only about 20 or 30 seconds is shown on screen. Swears: none Drinking/drugs/smoking: Dr. Einstein is an alcoholic and drinks all the time but Mortimer takes away his wine once. Mortimer is shown drunk at the end but he literally sits on the stairs making random nonsense comments while the police fight his brother who is evil. The aunts poison people with wine. And, uh, Teddy thinks he’s Theodore Roosevelt. Not sure if that goes in this category but whatever. There’s talk of sending him to Happydale, an insane asylum, Violence: one fight but no blood or bruises. Surprisingly tame for a serial-killer movie. The aunts poison and kill people but we never see the bodies. The aunts think they are being nice by putting lonely people out of their misery. Jonathan on the other hand is a full-on murderer. Once we see the shadow of one of his victims. He is a little scary but he looks like Frankenstein. Jonathan makes death threats sometimes. Not SUUUUPER hard to follow. ANYTHING ELSE? kinda sexist…Elaine is a weak character, but what can you expect from an old movie…?and the aunts?…not sure. But at the end Elaine helps defeat Jonathan a little, so i guess it all works out.

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Great role models
Too much drinking/drugs/smoking
age 12+

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Too much drinking/drugs/smoking
age 10+

Absolutely hilarious, a must watch around Halloween

Hilarious comedy about a guy who discovers his 2 aunts are murders (they think there taking the people out of misery by killing them) and also a crazy brother with a crazy face definitely a classic and lots of slapstick humor and gags and jokes definitely a must watch for around Halloween I recommend for kids that can enjoy black and white movies but even if they don’t this still will amuse them recommended for any age
age 8+

Dissapointingly dull, this tame murder comedy is anything but enjoyable.

This 1944 murder comedy depicts a just-maried man (played by Carry Grant) who finds out that his two aunts are serial killers. His dark and twisted brother, who is also a serial killer, comes back to his aunts house and causes trouble. I was excited for this comedy for a couple reasons, #1 I'm a fan of Cary Grant, and #2 This film is almost universally loved by critics. Unfortunately, I was extremely dissapointed by the movie's under-developed characters, shallow plot and over the top acting. This movie is trying way too hard to be funny and most of the jokes fall flat. Scenes are poorly constructed feeling like the scene is made only for the joke making it feel isolated. All of the characters have little to no back story making you not care whether they live or die. The only funny bits are the hilariously badly choreographed fight scenes. There are scenes that are meant to be tense or scary but come across as just plain stupid. As much as I wanted to love this movie, it was just dull. 2/5 stars

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Too much violence
age 10+

good

it is great, funny, and slow

This title has:

Great role models
Too much violence
age 13+

One of my favorite movies--

I cannot believe I'm the first person to write a review for this... I own this movie on DVD, and I'm really glad I do because it's an amazing movie and I love watching it; Cary Grant was wonderful in it. It's sort of a dark comedy, but not too graphic. I think it's fine for kids 10+ graphic-wise, but I put 13+ because for some reason most younger kids (and sadly, sometimes older ones too) can't appreciate a movie just because it's old... But I'd recommend this movie to anyone, I absolutely love it.