Movie review by
Randy White, Common Sense Media
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Kids will get a kick out of this mule tale.
  • G
  • 1976
  • 96 minutes

Parents say

age 14+
Based on 1 review

Kids say

age 6+
Based on 2 reviews

A lot or a little?

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

Positive Messages

The movie makes fun of some rather heavy cheerleaders, showing insensitivity toward overweight people.

Violence & Scariness

Very mild. The threat of getting beat up by a very large man.

Sexy Stuff
Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that Gus is a humorous entry from Disney Studios with genuinely funny moments. But it looks like it was hastily assembled, with little concern for the look of the project. Elementary-age kids probably won't mind the movie's less than professional sheen, and parents will appreciate its child-friendly approach. Very young children may not be able to follow the narrative, but 4 and 5 year olds will like watching Gus's hijinks. School-age kids will enjoy the silliness and may laugh all the way through.

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Parent of a 6-year-old Written byLancemwilliams November 24, 2019

Not accurate

This common sense media review is not accurate as there are at least two depictions of alcohol in the first half of the movie (1. A shot of men in a bar drinkin... Continue reading
Teen, 14 years old Written byAbigail18817 October 3, 2018


A great movie about football and comedy. GUS will make you laugh over and over again.
Kid, 10 years old July 30, 2013

Great movie

A man threatens a to hurt a character. Also a lot of cartoonish violence.
Great movie. Awesome plot. Love it

What's the story?

A Yugoslavian lad and GUS, his miraculous kicking mule, prove to be the saviors of a floundering NFL football team. This 1970s Disney movie looks hastily put together, but features a strong cast of comic actors including Tom Bosley, Don Knotts, and Tim Conway, and Ed Asner as the cantankerous, but goodhearted, owner of the team.

Is it any good?

What really makes this movie work is the quality acting of the seasoned pros. Unfortunately, Gus has a less than professional sheen. It's not very well lit and the writing has a sitcom quality. The movie also includes a terrible special effect of the ball flying through the air. Any editor should have been able to piece together shots to make it look as though the ball is soaring the length of the field.

But that's beside the point. Children will find the many setups for pratfalls hilarious, especially the goofy chase sequence in the grocery store. And parents can rest assured that this is Disney before it ventured into more controversial territory.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about how to take care of pets. Would you want a mule like Gus? What challenges are there to taking care of a large animal?

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