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By Charles Cassady Jr., Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 8+

Madcap, nonsensical romp with the Beatles.

Movie G 1965 100 minutes
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Based on 2 parent reviews

age 8+

Great music and silly '60's fun

Our children love this movie and so do we. The Beatle soundtrack is marvelous with each song stylishly directed. The plot is silly with bad guys after one of Ringo's rings that he can't get off his finger. The chase takes them to different locations from Stonehenge to the Bahamas to Buckingham Palace, all in color. The fab four seem to be enjoying themselves and you will too.
age 8+

Fantastic

If you're a Beatles fan, you'll love anything Beatles. This is a really fun movie. It's just a blast of fun, and adventure, with the four mop tops from Liverpool. Amazing music, funny, and a must watch!

Is It Any Good?

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From the same director (Richard Lester) as the Beatles' pitch-perfect screen debut A Hard Day's Night, this is a far less realistic comedy about a band on the run. The practically freeform plot, full of international-intrigue and "mod" vibes, typifies the James Bond 007 spoofs ubiquitous back then, maybe with a touch of embryonic Monty Python spirit. Of course, a handful of great Beatles songs on the soundtrack don't hurt either.

The plot has scant rhyme or reason, just a disconnected barrage of madcap pursuits and ambush episodes in scenic locations, with old-fashioned, random title cards ("Paul's Exciting Adventure on the Floor") in a childish narrative kids might actually follow better than adult viewers. A lot of the British-specific landmarks and topics -- references to the "brain drain" problem, and English Channel swimmers -- will go way over American viewers' heads, though.

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