Parents' Guide to

Down Periscope

By Brian Costello, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 13+

Some innuendo, profanity in mediocre slapstick comedy.

Movie PG-13 1996 92 minutes
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age 12+

Based on 1 parent review

age 12+

Funny classic

This classic comedy has a lot of language. This is OK for children but I recommend that kids under 12 be supervised.

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DOWN PERISCOPE is a pretty straightforward screwball comedy involving misfits asked to overachieve even as they engage in all kinds of pratfalls and strange behavior. The laughs are predictable and somewhat funny, but nothing really stands out. The misfit characters don't really go far beyond their basic archetype -- one is trying to get kicked out of the navy, another has very good hearing, and another is the only woman -- and, although you hope they win in the end, you have a feeling they will because that's how so many movies with similar characters and themes end up.

Even with Kelsey Grammer, William H. Macy, Jr., and a background appearance from a young Patton Oswalt, the humor doesn't really amount to much. The formula has been done before so many times that it's difficult to find anything original or memorable in this movie.

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