Robin Hood: Men in Tights

  • Review Date: August 9, 2005
  • Rated: PG-13
  • Genre: Comedy
  • Release Year: 1993
  • Running Time: 105 minutes

Common Sense Media says

Slapstick spoof is not for little ones.
  • Review Date: August 9, 2005
  • Rated: PG-13
  • Genre: Comedy
  • Release Year: 1993
  • Running Time: 105 minutes

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What parents need to know

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
Not applicable
Drinking, drugs, & smoking
Not applicable

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.

Parents say

Kids say

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?

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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.

Families can talk 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.

Movie details

Theatrical release date:January 1, 1993
DVD release date:November 12, 1994
Cast:Cary Elwes, Dave Chappelle, Tracey Ullman
Director:Mel Brooks
Studio:Twentieth Century Fox
Genre:Comedy
Run time:105 minutes
MPAA rating:PG-13
MPAA explanation:off-color humor

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Kid, 10 years old April 9, 2008
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Teen, 14 years old Written bysweetie1025 September 25, 2009
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Not for little ones? I say 10 and up is fine

This movie is really funny!
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Too much sex
Teen, 13 years old Written byschuymarch1 April 9, 2008
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This movie is awesome!

I love this movie. It's one of the best movies that I've seen.

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