Parents' Guide to

Rear Window

By Charles Cassady Jr., Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 12+

Hitchcock masterpiece stars peeping Jimmy Stewart.

Movie PG 1954 112 minutes
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What you will—and won't—find in this movie.

Community Reviews

age 11+

Based on 12 parent reviews

age 10+

Great film

This was the first Hitchcock movie I ever saw, and it was great. It starts out slow, but gets better as it goes on. I can’t recall any swearing, maybe one use of hell. Characters do make out a bit though. Smoking and drinking is frequent. One woman is about to kill herself, but stops. A man is shown falling out a window. If you want to get into Hitchcock films, definitely start with this one.
age 17+

not for kids today or any day

This is a great film. Your kids should study it in college. Showing this film to any child under 17 is bad parenting. Murder, decapitation, depression and attempted suicide are simply not topics for any kid. Find something less adult; they're children!

Is It Any Good?

Our review:
Parents say (12 ):
Kids say (38 ):

The tension gets so exquisite in this film that viewers unaware of its reputation might almost miss the cinematic gimmick that made it quite an achievement: it never leaves Jeff's room. Not once. Whole college courses have centered around Rear Window, Alfred Hitchcock's fiendish, compact, and sometimes lighthearted film.The POV outside Jeff's rear window into the other windows is like looking into an array of TV screens (or comic-strip panels), the little New York stories unfolding in each one, often simultaneously (and, yes, that's Ross Bagdassarian, creator of the cartoon characters Alvin & the Chipmunks, as a songwriter).

Throughout his career James Stewart was an a boyishly all-American good guy, though there were a few exceptions, and Hitchcock especially likes to tap into an inner darkness using the wholesome actor. Though he's partially a victim of his disability, Jeff does seem to enjoy being what could be called a "peeping Tom," and there's a question of whether his new pastime of voyeurism is a healthy one or not -- never mind the crime-solving fringe benefits -- and what's the deal with him enjoying looking at strangers, but avoiding intimacy with the beautiful, accommodating Lisa? If wanting to watch makes Jeff some sort of pervert, what does that make us, the audience? We're watching him -- watching them!

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