Clue

  • Review Date: July 23, 2006
  • Rated: PG
  • Genre: Comedy
  • Release Year: 2000
  • Running Time: 96 minutes

Common Sense Media says

Tedious movie based on board game; some innuendo, violence.
  • Review Date: July 23, 2006
  • Rated: PG
  • Genre: Comedy
  • Release Year: 2000
  • Running Time: 96 minutes

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What parents need to know

Positive messages

The movie is too cartoonish and slapstick-heavy to have anything in the way of positive messages.

Positive role models

The characters are too cartoonishly ludicrous to be considered positive role models.

Violence

Murder done in a kind of slapstick manner, with bodies being dragged around and placed in awkward positions. A man is shown with his head bloodied. Gunshots in the dark. A woman is killed with a rope around her neck. Another woman is found with a knife in her back.

Sex

Mild sexual innuendo and sight gags throughout. One of the characters is a madam in a brothel. The maid dresses in a sexy uniform; male characters often gawk at her breasts and rear end. There is a joke involving a sexual position, which two of the characters show while fully clothed. A man places his hand on a woman's rear end.

Language

"Damn," "Jesus." Frequent mild sexual innuendo and double entendres throughout. A presumed homosexual character is called "fruit."

Consumerism

This movie is based on the popular Parker Brothers board game of the same name.

Drinking, drugs, & smoking

Characters drink brandy, wine, and whiskey. Characters smoke cigarettes and pipes.

Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that Clue is the 1985 movie based on characters and objects in the Parker Brothers board game. As it's a slapstick farce of a movie, there is frequent sexual innuendo and double entendres. Male characters gawk at female characters, including a maid dressed in a sexy uniform. One of the characters is a madam in a brothel. There also is drinking, cigarette smoking, and pipe smoking. Although the violence is cartoonish, characters are murdered, and some characters are shown bleeding from the head or chest.

Parents say

Kids say

What's the story?

Based on the Hasbro board game, CLUE attempts to explain how six unrelated, eccentric characters manage to become murder suspects while staying under one roof. The story is propelled and narrated by a character not found in the board game -- the butler (Tim Curry), who runs the show at a dinner to which the familiar characters of Miss Scarlet (Leslie Ann Warren), Colonel Mustard (Martin Mull), Mrs. Peacock (Eileen Brennan), Professor Plum (Christopher Lloyd), Mrs. White (Madeline Kahn), and Mr. Green (Michael McKean) have been invited. The guests find out they all have been blackmailed by the same man, Mr. Boddy (Lee Ving), who joins the party halfway through dinner. After Mr. Boddy's inevitable death, the murders compound as the group stumbles upon several more bodies, including those of the maid and the cook.

Is it any good?

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There's really not much to this movie. There is a lot of recapping, which makes the already tedious story line even more tedious. Though the DVD offers three endings (and three murderers), none of the scenarios seems plausible or even likely.

Tim Curry is likable (and very energetic) and has moments of brilliance, but he isn't able to distract from the mess of plot holes and ill-planned nonsense. The rest of the main cast speak their weak lines as though their words are genius, but an understated style only works with a good script. Though there are moments of good comedic timing, most of the jokes and sight gags are obvious, flat, and crude. The juvenile humor and sexual innuendo will be best appreciated by the junior high and high school crowds.

Families can talk about...

  • Families can talk about board games and which others, if any, might be good candidates for being adapted into a movie. How would the movie be different from the game?

  • If you could make your own movie version of Clue, what would it be like?

  • Which of the three possible endings did you like best? Why?

Movie details

Theatrical release date:June 25, 2000
DVD release date:June 27, 2000
Cast:Christopher Lloyd, Madeline Kahn, Tim Curry
Director:Jonathan Lynn
Studio:Paramount Pictures
Genre:Comedy
Run time:96 minutes
MPAA rating:PG
MPAA explanation:mild violence; mild sexual innuendo

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Teen, 13 years old Written byToastnJam April 10, 2011
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They just don't make movies like this anymore...

I first saw Clue when it was on TV last Halloween and I, being a Rocky Horror girl, was in love with it by the time the opening credits had rolled by. I have since seen it 17 times (9 one month!). It's been my mission to expose as many others as possible to this forgotten gem of a movie--and I don't use gem lightly. Seriously folks, there is no way they could make it any better. The comedic timing is pitch perfect, as is the cast and setting. With only some minor language, a few remarks about sex (some more frank than others), and a brief kissy scene between Mrs. White and Mr. Boddy's corpse, Clue should be fine for most kids, although it will be better appreciated by those old enough to get the jokes. No words come to mind that can truly capture the spectacular epicness this movie possesses. My advice to you, dear reader, is as follows: go watch it. Now. You haven't lived until you've seen Tim Curry and Madeline Kahn on screen together. Pure, raw genius.
What other families should know
Too much sex
Kid, 12 years old July 31, 2009
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Its a good Movie out of a bored game. they did a wonderful job!
Kid, 12 years old April 9, 2008
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good movie

This movie really has nothing harmful about it. THere is a little sexual content, and they drink alcohol throughout the movie. It is, though, a very good movie. It is especially good if you've played the game

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