Looney Tunes: Back in Action

Movie review by
Nell Minow, Common Sense Media
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Live action/animated tale will amuse cartoon fans.
  • PG
  • 2003
  • 90 minutes
Popular with kids

Parents say

age 10+
Based on 7 reviews

Kids say

age 7+
Based on 13 reviews

A lot or a little?

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

Positive Messages

A little potty humor.

Violence & Scariness

A great deal of comic violence, though of course no one is hurt. Comic peril, no one hurt, some scary-looking monsters.

Sexy Stuff

Mild references to cross-dressing and kissing.

Language

A couple of mildly naughty words.

Consumerism

Walmart mentioned in scene.

Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

Mild drinking joke.

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that there's a great deal of comic peril and violence, though of course no one is hurt. The film includes a little potty humor and a couple of mildly naughty words.

User Reviews

  • Parents say
  • Kids say
Parent Written byStefanie Y. December 19, 2016

Adult content

To start I didn't finish watching this with my child. I maybe watched it through when it first came out but now that I am older and a mother I have higher... Continue reading
Adult Written bynicolebear February 24, 2011

Perfect for adults, but not for kids or teens

I have the feeling that it should be rated R. It should not have drag-racing in a film. It should have no gambling at casinos.
Teen, 13 years old Written bySomeoneYouDon'tKnow December 12, 2012

Hilarious Looney Tunes movie

This is WAY better than Space Jam and serves up plenty of side-splitting laughs. The Looney Tunes are in good hands here!
Teen, 13 years old Written byTimonBerkowitz June 16, 2013

Lots of fun!

My opinion: This is probably my favorite Looney Tunes movie. However, there are some butt jokes and stuff like that, that panders to the little ones, but annoys... Continue reading

What's the story?

This live action/animated feature begins when Daffy Duck – jealous of Bugs Bunny's high-profile career -- is let go by the studio after he demands more money and attention. But Daffy soon gets caught up in a plot involving the kidnapping of secret agent Damien Drake (played by Timothy Dalton) by the evil chairman of the Acme Corporation (Steve Martin). With help from the Drake's son (Brendan Fraser), Daffy embarks on a mission to rescue the kidnapped spy. Meanwhile, Bugs and a Warner Brothers executive (Jenna Elfman) decide that Daffy is an integral part of the Looney Tunes gang.

Is it any good?

The subversive spirit of the Looney Tunes is in good hands in LOONEY TUNES: BACK IN ACTION. Director Joe Dante is clearly a fan and he keeps the jokes coming. There are movie parodies (Psycho, Raiders of the Lost Ark, Invasion of the Body Snatchers), throwaway gags, and lots of all-out mayhem, especially a wildly surreal romp through the paintings at the Louvre. And though Wile E. Coyote is now ordering online from Acme.com, the goodies are just as outrageous and subject to Murphy's Law as ever.

Live-action performers Brendan Fraser, Timothy Dalton, Steve Martin, and Joan Cusack, all have fun, but they can't steal the movie from Bugs, Daffy, Foghorn Leghorn, Tweetie Pie, Marvin Martian, the Tasmanian Devil, Pepe LePew, Porky Pig, Elmer Fudd, and of course Mr. Coyote.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about the original cartoons and which characters they like the best. How are the Looney Tunes different from other animated characters, such as those in the Disney movies?

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