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Parents' Guide to

Batman (1966)

By Ed Grant, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 9+

Campy, goofy '60s movie may not appeal to today's kids.

Movie PG 1966 105 minutes
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A Lot or a Little?

What you will—and won't—find in this movie.

Community Reviews

age 7+

Based on 16 parent reviews

age 12+

Hilarious despite the low view of women

Hilarious! We laughed with my 12 year old pretty much throughout the movie, with some golden cheese moments, it was great. Definitely has a less-than-honoring view of women throughout the movie. Such as 50 women in bathing suits randomly jumping around on the top of a building (in the first 10min of the film), catwoman's leather-clad legs propped up on a wall prominently filling the screen in many scenes, not to mention the seduction of batman - with the only woman in the film being a seductress as her main role. (This is what I tagged as "too much sex" - although not nearly as overt as a modern film, it's definitely present in these ways.) Also couples making out in random spots - I think as a humor gag. If you're ok with talking to your kid about how dumb that treatment of women is - in addition to the ridiculousness of exploding octopus, cheesy effects etc - then this would be ok. The movie was definitely hilarious, combinations of intentional and unintentional (who knows?) - we enjoyed it! Certainly consider watching if you've ever seen the infamous opening exploding-shark scene: https://youtu.be/QnFOs7QlJSI
age 5+
good movie fine for kids nothing inappropriate just a couple innuendos and mild violence.

Is It Any Good?

Our review:
Parents say (16 ):
Kids say (40 ):

Fans of the old TV show will welcome the opportunity to experience once again all the series' hallmarks. They're all here: the unforgettable Neal Hefti theme music, the spinning bat sign, the pop-art exclamations, and Robin's "Holy ... !" hyperbole. Viewers unfamiliar with the TV series will have to judge the movie on its own merits, which are few. Batman contains none of the mock tension and suspense that was such a major component of the original TV series. The sparse usage of the TV show's silly narration also undercuts the comedy. The talents of the zany villains from the TV series are wasted, as they're seen merely scheming instead of showing their bizarre quirks.

At some points, Batman becomes an out-and-out comedy (as when our hero combats a rubber shark), further ensuring that kids used to the tightly scripted and intelligently plotted animated series, animated movies such as Batman: Mask of the Phantasm, and the grimly heroic live-action Batman Returns will have little use for this quaint, ironic fossil from another era.

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