Clue

Movie review by
Maria Llull, Common Sense Media
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Tedious movie based on board game; some innuendo, violence.
  • PG
  • 2000
  • 96 minutes

Parents say

age 10+
Based on 9 reviews

Kids say

age 10+
Based on 32 reviews

A lot or a little?

The parents' guide to what's in this movie.

Positive Messages

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

Positive Role Models & Representations

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.

What 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.

User Reviews

Adult Written byLalibela January 6, 2014

A FAVORITE Movie in Our House of Kids

Wow, I am so surprised by how off I am finding the reviews on this site lately. The worst movies of 2013 was off too. This is a favorite movie in our family. I... Continue reading
Adult Written bykimbal0313 November 26, 2012

For older kids

I was definitely not prepared for the many sexual references (prostitution, homosexuality, adultery, etc.) in this movie. Was not appropriate for my 10 year ol... Continue reading
Teen, 13 years old Written byToastnJam April 10, 2011

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 si... Continue reading
Kid, 12 years old April 9, 2008

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.... Continue reading

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?

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.

Talk to your kids 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

For kids who love mysteries

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