Robin Hood: Men in Tights

Movie review by
Shannon Lucas, Common Sense Media
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'90s slapstick spoof has lots of cursing, innuendo.
  • PG-13
  • 1993
  • 105 minutes

Parents say

age 10+
Based on 3 reviews

Kids say

age 11+
Based on 18 reviews

A lot or a little?

The parents' guide to what's in this movie.

Positive Messages

Racial, gender, and sexual orientation stereotypes portrayed in a satirical manner.

Positive Role Models & Representations

No positive role models. 

Violence

Very staged comedic fight scenes. The first introduction to the African American knight Achoo is him getting beaten up by knights in a scene made to parody police brutality. The Sheriff of Rottingham tries to force himself sexually on Maid Marian before he's stopped by Robin Hood. 

Sex

Sexual jokes and innuendo, partial nudity (female buttocks), discussion and images of chastity belt. Talk of virginity. Comic image of blind man looking at a braille Ye Olde Playboy magazine centerfold. Blind man places his hands on the breasts of Venus De Milo. Robin Hood's Merry Men watch the shadow of Robin Hood with his sword placed in such a way that it looks like an erect penis. 

Language

Infrequent profanity. "S--thouse," "bulls--t," "crap," "pissed," ass." Like other Mel Brooks movies, sexual innuendo and double entendre is often a source of humor; jokes like "your lizard seems limp," for instance. Middle finger gesture. 

Consumerism

The heads of practice dummies used for jousting are buckets of V8, Libby's, and Campbell's Soup. 

Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

Latrine wants Prince John to get the Sheriff of Rottinghmam drunk enough to sleep with her. Wine drinking. Cigar smoking. 

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that Robin Hood: Men in Tights is a 1993 Mel Brooks comedy. Like the other movies in his filmography, this is filled with Brooks' classic off-color humor. He uses race, gender, and sexual orientation in a comedic, parodic, and satirical manner. Many jokes involve sexual innuendo; while some of these jokes are likely to go over the heads of younger viewers, scenes in which Robin Hood's sword in silhouette resembles a large erect penis will not. A blind character is a regular source of comedy -- including scenes in which the blind character places his hands on the Venus de Milo statue's breasts, and another where he's looking at the centerfold of a braille Ye Olde Playboy while sitting on a toilet. Maid Marian's chastity belt partially exposes her buttocks. Some wine drinking. Cigar smoking. Infrequent profanity includes "s--thouse," "bulls--t," "crap," "pissed," ass." The first introduction to the African American knight Achoo is him getting beaten up by knights in a scene made to parody police brutality. The Sheriff of Rottingham tries to force himself sexually on Maid Marian before he's stopped by Robin Hood. 

User Reviews

  • Parents say
  • Kids say
Adult Written bykebija June 22, 2010
I remember watching this movie when it came to theaters I was 10. It was a great movie. The sexual innuendo's can be a little overboard for those who do no... Continue reading
Parent of a 9 and 11 year old Written byjcmccain December 27, 2014

Fun but not exactly educational

Slapstick and typical Mel Brooks mix of crude/intelligent humor. My 10&12 yo boys enjoyed it although I cringed a little at the discussion of virginity... Continue reading
Kid, 12 years old March 16, 2012

good

Its a good movie I realy think its not that bad for little kids because they wont get it it is worse for the older kids that get it
Teen, 14 years old Written bysweetie1025 September 25, 2009

What's the story?

A spoof on Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves and other Robin Hood films, Mel Brooks' slapstick ROBIN HOOD: MEN IN TIGHTS is chock full of Brooks' emblematic humor. Robin, played by Cary Elwes (The Princess Bride), returns from Africa only to discover that his ancestral home has been confiscated for failure to pay taxes. He vows to fight the corrupt king and help the poor using his merry band of men. Eventually, Robin meets Maid Marian (Amy Yasbeck) and the two fall in love. The rest you probably already know.

Is it any good?

While there is nothing new or particularly innovative about this Brooks film, it's still entertaining. Teens who like Mel Brooks movies will definitely want to check it out. The traditional Robin Hood theme is all but lost in the slapstick gimmicks and sexual innuendo, but if you like screwball comedies or spoofs, you might enjoy Robin Hood: Men in Tights.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about Mel Brooks movies. How did Brooks use parody, satire, and slapstick to provoke laughter? How does he use puns, sexual innuendo, and double entendre? 

  • Discuss women's place in society during medieval times, including the practice of forcing women to wear chastity belts. 

  • What do you think about the film's stereotyping of African Americans, particularly noticeable in the opening song and dance routine? What were the filmmaker's intentions by including these scenes in the movie? Parents might want to discuss how older films portrayed black characters without irony, for example, The Jazz Singer.

Movie details

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