Parents' Guide to

King Kong (1976)

By Scott G. Mignola, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 13+

'70s remake has violence, language, brief nudity.

Movie PG 1976 134 minutes
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A Lot or a Little?

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

Community Reviews

age 14+

Based on 3 parent reviews

age 18+

Raunchy film is too much for kids

R: destruction/mild violence, a brief nude scene with a sexual implied moment
age 15+

Very intense is yet very good!

R: intense violence

Is It Any Good?

Our review:
Parents say (3):
Kids say (9):

Stars Jeff Bridges and Jessica Lange do what they can to keep this film afloat, but a hokey script and uneven effects nearly sink the boat they rode in on. The overblown love angle between Dwan and the giant monkey is laughable, with scenes of Kong leering at his little blonde handful, washing her in a waterfall, and blow-drying her with his hot simian breath. The scene in which Kong's giant unwieldy finger tries to peel her like a banana made the cover of TIME Magazine and helped make the movie a huge success. That Jessica Lange overcame this debut to become a serious actress is a testament to her strength.

By today's standards, the pacing and the effects in Kong Kong are less than dramatic, certainly no match for Disney's Mighty Joe Young (another remake of a classic giant ape movie). Still, there's plenty here for young viewers to enjoy. They won't mind the tacky dialogue, or seeing Charles Grodin inexplicably cast as the unfunny villain who exploits Kong for money. Kids might even come away with an appreciation for the movie's vague environmental message: that rare animals should be treated sensitively, not paraded around in cages.

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