Parents' Guide to

Noises Off

By Barbara Shulgasser-Parker, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 14+

Sexual innuendo in farce about actors putting on a play.

Movie PG-13 1992 101 minutes
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It's a long wait for this film to come up with the comic goods, as it takes about an hour of repetitive set-up for the rewarding big laughs to explode satisfyingly in the movie's final half hour. The acting in Noises Off is broad, as farce calls for, and that may try the patience of some viewers in the early scenes. But director Peter Bogdonavich, with the aid of a cast of veteran performers, including Carol Burnett, John Ritter, Julie Haggerty, and Christopher Reeve, meticulously lays down the foundation for a funny final third when the actors are backstage at each other's throats and, later, on stage desperately trying to mop up the theatrical mess their petty jealousies have created.

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