Parents' Guide to

Raising Arizona

By Tony Nigro, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 14+

Hysterically twisted tale has profanity, violence.

Movie PG-13 1987 94 minutes
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age 13+

Based on 5 parent reviews

age 11+

Quite nothing like it...

I saw this film in the dollar theatre down the street from my house shortly after it's first run. I was 11 years old and I could not make heads or tails of this film. They did not behave or talk like anyone I had ever seen and I had difficulty following the plot. I could not believe anyone had an accent like Holly Hunter and wondered how could a baby be on the front of a motorcycle...but clearly I was missing the forest for the trees. What this film DID do is make a strong impact and lodged in my memory as a film to re-watch and I did. And it still flips the script in all different directions. Hands down the best "just gotta go pick up some diapers" scene ever.
age 14+

Hilarious movie

I'd let my older kids (14+) watch this movie. Does it have some language? Yes. Is the language used for shock value or repeatedly or in obscene ways? No. The Coen brothers are masters at hilarity and this movie delivers. If there's a scene in this movie that would make me squirm slightly while watching with my 14+ kids, it would probably be the scene where H.I.'s boss proposes wife swapping and H.I. responds by punching him in the face (there might actually be a lesson somewhere in there . . . ). Humans in Coen movies are human, relatable, broken, bumbling and somehow highlight the good and bad and the beauty in us in hilarious ways. If your kids are old/smart enough to pick up on that and have a sense of humor, they can obviously handle this movie. If your kids can watch Nicholas Cage stealing diapers in this movie with a 'panty' on his head and their takeaway is that stealing is ok, let's face it. You've likely already failed as a parent. Luckily, the bad behavior in this movie is so comical and the characters so bungling that I doubt any sane person could be negatively influenced by it. As I said, I'd totally let my 14+ kids watch this movie but some of the other Coen bros.' movies are a different story...

Is It Any Good?

Our review:
Parents say (5 ):
Kids say (21 ):

A traditional farce, RAISING ARIZONA offers plenty of laughs but plenty of heart, too: A central theme in the movie is how hard it is to keep a family together.

Of course, car chases, gunfights, and chaos abound, and most of the time it's in the presence of a young infant. However, none of this has any more devastating an effect than when dynamite explodes in Daffy Duck's face. Indeed, this is merely a cartoon with real actors, with the the result being hilarious but only suited for mature viewers.

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