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. First introduction to African American knight, Achoo, is him getting beaten up by knights in a scene made to parody police brutality. 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 braille Ye Olde Playboy magazine centerfold. Blind man places his hands on breasts of Venus de Milo. Robin Hood's Merry Men watch 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." As in other Mel Brooks movies, sexual innuendo and double entendre are often a source of humor -- e.g., jokes like "your lizard seems limp." 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 Rottingham 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 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. There's some wine drinking, and cigar smoking. Infrequent profanity includes "s--thouse," "bulls--t," "crap," "pissed," and "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. 

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Written byAnonymous November 24, 2018

The butt review

Robin Hood men in tights is one of my favorite movies. There is some sex and little nudity. There is some cussing like a**, and sh*thouse, b*tch and pissed off.... Continue reading
Adult Written byTheresa B. September 2, 2017

Classic Slapstick humour!

I've rewatched this movie so many times that I've lost count! The supposed swearing this site indicates is one time Latrina says her old name before s... Continue reading
Teen, 16 years old Written byJWIII December 4, 2016
Teen, 14 years old Written byMelBrooksFan June 28, 2016

Good, but not the best

Like the title says, I like this movie fine, it's just not my favorite of Mel Brooks' films. It's still funny, though. It's got all the goof... Continue reading

What's the story?

A spoof of 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 with 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.

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