Raising Arizona

Movie review by Tony Nigro, Common Sense Media
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age 14+

Hysterically twisted tale has profanity, violence.

PG-13 1987 94 minutes

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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...
age 11+

Do you have an 11 year old who wants to see the movie?

Let them it is great. Maybe you think it is too old I have seen the movie. There is hardly any swearing and only slapstick violence. This movie is perfect for kids who just watched anchorman but it was to old for them!!!

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