Parents' Guide to

Major Payne

By Barbara Shulgasser-Parker, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 12+

Silly slapstick movie has some violence, salty language.

Movie PG-13 1995 95 minutes
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What you will—and won't—find in this movie.

Community Reviews

age 14+

Based on 5 parent reviews

age 14+

Funnest movie

Funnest movie I've probably ever seen

This title has:

Great messages
Great role models
age 10+

great for the family

I watched this movies once it came out, and it is just as good as i remember. its a must watch coming of age movie out there

This title has:

Great messages
Great role models

Is It Any Good?

Our review:
Parents say (5 ):
Kids say (10 ):

Damon Wayans plays Payne with outrageous conviction, giving a stock character a kind of wacky truth and credibility and, in turn, pumping an old story with new comic life. The script he cowrote never betrays the killing machine's basic insanity, but it also shows that his insanity has an internal logic that lives alongside Payne's deep intelligence, goofy humor, and basic humanity. That's no small accomplishment.

Older tweens and teens will find plenty of laughs in Major Payne, and parents may find themselves enjoying the humor at times as well.

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