Parents' Guide to

Lethal Weapon

By Elliot Panek, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 16+

Mismatched cops spar in violent '80s action hit.

Movie R 1987 110 minutes
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A Lot or a Little?

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

Community Reviews

age 13+

Based on 12 parent reviews

age 15+

Definitely a classic but for older teens and adults

This is pretty much your typical 80's R rated action movie with strong violence including a torture scene and language throughout, brief nudity and a scene of drug use which when you put it all together it makes it best suitable for older teens and up.
age 14+

Is It Any Good?

Our review:
Parents say (12 ):
Kids say (21 ):

LETHAL WEAPON is an unsubtle action movie that trades intrigue for visceral emotion. Angst hangs over much of the film. This world is populated with vengeance-crazed murderers and lonely suicides. Writer Shane Black peppers the movie with gallows humor, and veteran action director Richard Donner keeps things lean and mean, refusing to complicate the simple drug-running plot with so much as a twist.

The film caters to the audience's bloodlust, allowing us to relish Riggs' ruthless retribution by making him pay for his sins with his sanity. The violence is justified only in the sense that the bad guys are drug-running murderers and so deserve to die. Gibson excels at playing the dispenser of righteous violence and tragically flawed action hero. Lethal Weapon is suspenseful but never quite achieves the fever pitch of a Die Hard film. It is more interested in justifying violence than making the audience think.

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