Parents' Guide to

Going in Style (1979)

By Renee Schonfeld, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 12+

'70s comedy caper tugs at heartstrings; some swearing.

Movie PG 1979 98 minutes
Going in Style (1979) Poster Image

A Lot or a Little?

What you will—and won't—find in this movie.

Community Reviews

There aren't any parent reviews yet. Be the first to review this title.

Is It Any Good?

Our review:
Parents say Not yet rated
Kids say (1 ):

Of course, it's funny -- with George Burns and Art Carney, two premier comedians at its center, it has to be funny -- but surprisingly, the film has heart, compassion, and stellar performances, too. George Burns, who was in his eighties when he made Going in Style, hits every right note. Foregoing his cigar chomping and usual comic rhythms, Burns, as Joe, is clever and resourceful, but he's also wise, real, and deserving of respect. Art Carney, in his usual lovable bear-of-an everyman, is wonderful. Lee Strasberg, in a far less showy role, delivers as well. But it's the combination of laughs, poignancy, and humanity that sets the movie apart from other caper comedies and sitcom-like characterizations of older folks. The film's sad moments, and there are some, are handled skillfully. Martin Brest (Scent of a Woman, Midnight Run) was a very young man when he wrote and directed this movie. It was an auspicious beginning. Recommended for tweens and up.

Movie Details

Did we miss something on diversity?

Research shows a connection between kids' healthy self-esteem and positive portrayals in media. That's why we've added a new "Diverse Representations" section to our reviews that will be rolling out on an ongoing basis. You can help us help kids by suggesting a diversity update.

Common Sense Media's unbiased ratings are created by expert reviewers and aren't influenced by the product's creators or by any of our funders, affiliates, or partners.

See how we rate