Parents' Guide to

Blue Velvet

By Charles Cassady Jr., Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 18+

Surreal, graphic shocker of small-town sin.

Movie R 1986 120 minutes
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What you will—and won't—find in this movie.

Community Reviews

age 17+

Based on 8 parent reviews

age 18+

Wait..what's happening? No idea...just go with it.

A winding twisted ride that for many was their first foray into David Lynchdom. A worthy inclusion into the pantheon of "what's going on? no idea just go with it"...type of films. I never had a clue as to what was going to happen from one minute to the next, my preferred mode of film watching.
age 18+

Not for kids

Definitely not for kids!! And not for adults who care about the portrayal and objectification of women in movies for no other reason than for ratings and satisfying a warped sense of getting off. A woman rapes a young man. The female lead character is abused and thinks she enjoys being beaten. She is objectified through the movie quite regularly showing full nudity. Talks about her nipples getting hard etc. Has to spread her legs wide for a lunatic. Fetish scenes that are aggressive and damaging to women. Scenes that don't make sense- she is naked throughout a scene after having been beaten and then taken to a house where people try to help her but she stands fully nude through the scene just for kicks for the viewer..just disappointing this stuff is entertainment for some people.socially irresponsible

This title has:

Too much violence
Too much sex

Is It Any Good?

Our review:
Parents say (8):
Kids say (17):

Though not recommended for young viewers, BLUE VELVET is no "torture-porn" or slasher-splatter action that Hollywood commonly aims at the teen market. Among younger, horror-fixated viewers, filmmaker David Lynch enjoys a mad-scientist reputation for his movies, commonly full of grotesque, nightmarish images (often messily violent) and extreme behavior -- but this is actually a carefully composed and paced tale that still manages to be disturbing on its own terms.

The film-noir crime plot, deliberately vague about details, unravels like a slow-motion bad dream with a uniquely absurd internal logic; for example, awful Frank works himself into a homicidal frenzy with gentle, vintage tunes like the title easy-listening song (and Roy Orbison's "In Dreams"), and somehow that's creepier than if it were the most vile gangsta rap on the soundtrack. Characters all seem exaggerated (icons of either apple-pie goodness or diabolical malice), giving the thing a faintly satirical edge, and while Jeffrey shows suitable disapproval at Dorothy's plight and good triumphs over wickedness, a sense of perversity and weirdness lingers even past the happy-ending closing sequence.

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