Batman (1966)

Movie review by Ed Grant, Common Sense Media
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Common Sense says

age 9+

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

PG 1966 105 minutes

Parents say

age 6+

Based on 15 reviews

Kids say

age 7+

Based on 38 reviews

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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:

This title has:

Too much sex
age 7+
Admittedly as the main review says, it will probably depend on the kid. I knew when I was young I dismissed the show as "corny", but learned to appreciate it as an adult for its camp value. Although granted this is from the late 60's so there are some "product of its time" aspects not so much the drinking and smoking (especially since they're framed as bad things and Batman is actually a teetotaler) ,but more outdated values such as how the show treats women even if you get the occasional episode that still holds up socially today (the "sex" stuff I did tag is abit milder)

This title has:

Great role models
Too much sex
Too much drinking/drugs/smoking

Movie Details

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