Parents' Guide to

Highlander (1986)

By Charles Cassady Jr., Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 18+

Very violent, time-tripping immortality fantasy.

Movie R 1986 110 minutes
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age 16+

Based on 3 parent reviews

age 18+

Love this movie but not for kids

Very violent, beheadings are shown. There's not a lot of swearing. This is primarily action but slight comedy as well. My biggest drawback is watching this with my teen son, the "shadowy heterosexual sex" scene is pretty racy, you can see her nipple & he puts his mouth on her breast and you can see his bare butt in same scene. I skipped this part. At the end of the movie you can see her nipples through her shirt.

This title has:

Too much violence
Too much sex
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age 13+

No more violent than your average Marvel.

I'm not going to say it doesn't have violence but unlike a Transformer movie the violence isn't just unnecessary and because it looks cool. The battle scenes are no more violent than Lord of the Rings or Hobbit. Blood is present in some scenes but it's no Tarantino level of blood by a long shot and very unrealistic and almost reminiscent of Monty Python. Overall a fantastic movie with an awesome soundtrack by Queen, an 80s classic.

This title has:

Great messages
Great role models

Is It Any Good?

Our review:
Parents say (3):
Kids say (6):

Acting and action are properly bigger-than-life here. With rock-operatic flash reminiscent of MTV music videos (believe it or not, still a fresh idea in 1986 A.D.) and a compelling, time-jumping premise, HIGHLANDER managed to appeal to worshippers of Queen music, sci-fi f/x fans, and those medieval-costumed re-enactor types whose idea of a romantic weekend is staging Robin Hood-esque antics. One memorable clash completely knocks down a stone castle.

While there is a compelling theme of how the gift of immortality could feel more like a curse (having to lose all your loved ones), you wish more thought had gone into laying out the subculture of these immortals in detail. The sequel, Highlander 2: The Quickening, was so lame (turns out they're...aliens! Huh?) that the filmmakers apologetically re-shot and re-released a Highlander 2: Renegade Director's Cut that made measurable improvements and is the preferred home-viewing choice. Also on DVD: a Highlander TV series, starring Adrian Paul as a different Macleod (Christopher Lambert made guest appearances) that more fully explored the mythology, added the bonus of female immortals, and toned down the bloodshed and swearing. A 2007 Japanese-animated Highlander spin-off also exists.

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