National Lampoon's Animal House

Movie review by Heather Boerner, Common Sense Media
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Common Sense says

age 17+

John Belushi's raucous toga party has sex, cursing, drinking

R 1978 109 minutes

Parents say

age 15+

Based on 7 reviews

Kids say

age 13+

Based on 19 reviews

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age 12+

It's a comedy. Lighten up.

I think if you raised your kids right,they can the actions in this movie as harmless fun. It's spoofing movies like American graffiti with an updated version of marx brothers humor pushed to the max at that time. There's much worse films like the Porky's franchise. I would let my children 12 or plus with me there.
age 13+

Good for mature kids

This movie should not be watched by children who are not mature enough to understand that college isn’t always like this. There are some sexual scenes, but you can fast forward through the worst ones if you believe your children can’t handle them. Although there is a good amount of foul language and drinking, children approaching their teenage years should know and understand that what is portrayed in movies isn’t always the best thing. If you believe that your child is mature and ready to learn about this kind of thing, then this is a great movie for them with lots of good humor!

This title has:

Too much sex
Too much swearing
Too much drinking/drugs/smoking

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