Mouse Hunt

  • Review Date: August 11, 2005
  • Rated: PG
  • Genre: Family and Kids
  • Release Year: 1997
  • Running Time: 97 minutes

Common Sense Media says

A vivacious, clever slapstick comedy.
  • Review Date: August 11, 2005
  • Rated: PG
  • Genre: Family and Kids
  • Release Year: 1997
  • Running Time: 97 minutes





What parents need to know

Positive messages

Agitated brothers turn on each other.

Violence & scariness

An exterminator gets brutally dragged (and somewhat bloodied). Cartoon-style mayhem; Three Stooges-style head-bashing with frying pans and other household wares. One brother points a loaded shotgun at the other's face.

Sexy stuff

Reference to "making love." Spooling machines unravel a man's clothes, leaving him without a stitch (he covers himself appropriately). A man stuffs his arm down a woman's dress when a mouse disappears in her cleavage.


Moderate sexually themed profanity. Strong words (e.g., "s.o.b.") directed at the mouse.

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Drinking, drugs, & smoking
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Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that children will identify with the fuzzy little mouse, as the Smuntz brothers try to kill it, so there may be some fear when the brothers almost kill it several times with a variety of implements, including a nail gun. The mouse fills the house with gas later and blows the brothers sky-high.

Parents say

Kids say

What's the story?

In MOUSE HUNT, Nathan Lane and Lee Evans are hapless brothers out to rid their house of a very shrewd mouse in this vivacious and clever 1998 movie. Anyone who's dealt with mice on the loose in their home knows how pesky they can be. That's part of what makes Mouse Hunt fun; you can't help pitying the poor Smuntz brothers, who go to wild extremes trying to rid themselves of an elusive rodent. Kids will side with the mouse, of course, because it's cute and furry and performs some spectacular stunts (thanks to convincing and sparingly used computer-generated effects).

Is it any good?


Although something of a Home Alone retread, it has far more brains, heart, and style, which will endear it to adults as well as young viewers. Take heed of the PG rating for excessive cartoon-style violence. About two-thirds of the way through it takes an excessively cruel turn, when the mouse floods the house with gas fumes and blows the brothers sky-high. Kids will eat it up, but parents may wince.

Casting Christopher Walken as an exterminator is just one of many inspired touches that gives this movie its adult appeal. William Hickey is also fine -- in one of his last performances -- as frail old Rudolph Smuntz, whose somber portrait keeps changing expression after he passes on.

Families can talk about...

  • Families can talk about why we laugh at cartoonish violence.

Movie details

Theatrical release date:December 19, 1997
DVD release date:July 6, 1999
Cast:Christopher Walken, Lee Evans, Nathan Lane
Director:Gore Verbinski
Studio:Universal Pictures
Genre:Family and Kids
Run time:97 minutes
MPAA rating:PG
MPAA explanation:language, comic sensuality and mayhem

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Adult Written bywraine14 April 9, 2008
AGENot rated for age


I was looking forward to having my 6 year old see this movie based on the Common Sense Review. I was very surprised by the language and sexual innuendo. The violence was cartoon-like. Some of the language used: "Son of a b....", "basta.." There was a scene of Lee Evan's wife stripping down to a negligee and seducing him. Lee Evans speaking about how he and his wife "made love like animals". Later a scene with Nathan Lane gladly fondling a ladies breasts. How this was marketed as a kids flik is beyond me. The 6+ age rating given by this website is ludicrous.
Adult Written bynina1978 April 9, 2008
AGENot rated for age
Teen, 13 years old Written bygarfield2710 April 9, 2008
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