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Kickin' It Old Skool

By Sandie Angulo Chen, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 15+

Kennedy's lowbrow comedy best for '80s veterans.

Movie PG-13 2007 107 minutes
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What you will—and won't—find in this movie.

Community Reviews

age 12+

Based on 3 parent reviews

age 15+

Racism and 80s references

If you want to hear Jamie Kennedy say the n word multiple times as a joke, then this is the movie for you. Filled with racial stereotypes, offensive language, and sexism. Kids 15+ could watch, but wouldn't be entertained as the content is so irrelevant to 2021 and is just plain disgusting.
age 13+

Leave it to Disney for trying to hide sexual innuendos!

It has been forever and a day since this company has been irritating sexual innuendos no matter if it’s Pixar made, Human, or good ole fashioned cartoons starting way back with Steamboat Mickey! My 9 year old niece is SO upset right now about the scene of Kickin' it Old School Rudy asks the teacher if he can clap her erasers. Also, the apple eating scene was way inappropriate. My niece is pretty naïve and she’s in no hurry to grow up and have sex thrown at her. If Disney can’t write anything without sexual connotations, they probably should hire new writers!

Is It Any Good?

Our review:
Parents say (3 ):
Kids say (4 ):

Right from the opening credits sequence -- which is set to one of the 1980s' best soundtrack hits, "Dancing in Heaven" -- Kickin' It Old Skool is unexpectedly entertaining. Just probably not for the reasons that writer-producer-star Kennedy intended. Like the ubiquitous chain mail that starts with "You know you grew up in the '80s if...," this comedy is a 107-minute tribute to those whose youth was spent trading Garbage Pail Kids cards and memorizing the lines of Ferris Bueller's Day Off (Alan Ruck, aka Cameron Frye, even cameos). So moviegoers of a certain age may find themselves laughing at the stereotypical "wax on, wax off" jokes -- while the teenagers in the audience stay silent.

But aside from the dance sequence and the in-jokes for the '80s-initiated, Kickin' It Old School would play better on late-night television, when your standards are much lower. Things are always funnier when you're half asleep.

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