Robin Hood: Men in Tights

Movie review by
Shannon Lucas, Common Sense Media
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Slapstick spoof is not for little ones.
  • 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 and gender stereotypes portrayed in a satirical manner.

Violence

Very staged comedic fight scenes.

Sex

Sexual jokes, partial nudity, discussion and images of chastity belt, and attempted rape scene.

Language

Occasional swear words.

Consumerism
Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that this film is full of Mel Brooks' classic off-color humor. He uses racial and gender in a satirical manner. Many jokes involve sexual innuendo.

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, Robin Hood: Men in Tights is still entertaining. 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 this one.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about the original story of Robin Hood stealing from the rich and giving to the poor. They could discuss women's place in society during medieval times, including the practice of forcing women to wear chastity belts. Finally, families could talk 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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