Let's Go to Prison

Movie review by
Jane Boursaw, Common Sense Media
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Parents recommend
Punk'd star in adult jail-house comedy.
  • R
  • 2006
  • 90 minutes

Parents say

age 15+
Based on 6 reviews

Kids say

age 10+
Based on 2 reviews

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A lot or a little?

The parents' guide to what's in this movie.

Positive Messages

Stealing, murder, threats, lying, selling humans to other humans, and other crimes that land people in prison. All mined for comedy, of course.


Prison violence from guards and inmates (punching and fighting); one character is punched in his private parts.


A male character cross-dresses; references to lap dances, gay sex, sex magazines.


Name-calling; "sucks," "f--k," "hell," "damn," "ass."


Publisher's Clearing House, Court TV, Fresca.

Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

Some smoking and drinking. Drug references.

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that this dark comedy about jail isn't for kids. Teens may very well want to see it, though, since it stars Punk'd phenomenon Dax Shepard. The movie is rife with adult-oriented references to topics like gay sex, humans being sold to other humans, murder and other crimes, and cross-dressing men, to name a few. That said, the movie's theme is how to get revenge on someone who's already dead -- which isn't exactly grown-up!

User Reviews

  • Parents say
  • Kids say
Adult Written bycoolmandude April 9, 2008


This movie has some sexual part like gay sex and sex magazines so that is bad it also has bad language so mot Ok for kids.
Adult Written bydfk1010 April 9, 2008

great movie

Lots of talk about being raped in prison, shotting and langugaebut. I think it's okay for kids 12 and up. It's a great movie.
Teen, 13 years old Written by1201td March 12, 2019


This was an ok movie. I didn’t watch the entire time due to being bored from it. Language includes f—k s—t and more. Guy goes to a strip club, and a sexual scen... Continue reading
Teen, 13 years old Written byMolly is the sm... July 12, 2018

Good movie

This is better than Dora the Explorer. Kids could learn a lot from this. LIke not wanting to go prison. I showed this to my younger brother (who is 4) and he l... Continue reading

What's the story?

John Lyshitski (Dax Shepard) is a career criminal who's figured out how to get revenge on the now-dead judge who sent him to prison: watch gleefully as the official's obnoxious son, Nelson Biederman IV (Will Arnett), tries to navigate the prison system. When Nelson is wrongly convicted of a crime and sent to the pen, John gets himself thrown back in the clink and becomes Nelson's cellmate, ensuring that his new buddy gets the "full treatment." John's first advice for Nelson? The joint's a scary place, so make friends fast. Naturally, Nelson quickly offends the wrong cons and is sold -- by John -- to Barry (Chi McBride) for some cuddling. But just as John is basking in sweet revenge, things go oh so wrong. Nelson turns the tables and becomes the Big Man in the Big House ... which means that things aren't looking so good for John, after all.

Is it any good?

If you like deadpan humor -- in this case, skillfully delivered by Shepard -- Let's Go to Prison is a funny satire on the justice system. But with references to all sorts of adult-oriented stuff -- gay sex, lap dances, drugs, and prison violence, just to name a few -- it's definitely not for kids.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about how to stay out of the prison system. What do you think jail is really like? Is it anything like what's shown in the movie? Why do some people find it so hard to escape the prison system? What can society do to help change that, if anything? Also, why is revenge never really as sweet as the media would have you believe?

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