Roxanne

Movie review by Betsy Bozdech, Common Sense Media
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Common Sense says

age 12+

Charming '80s romantic comedy has innuendo, swearing.

PG 1987 107 minutes

Parents say

age 12+

Based on 2 reviews

Kids say

age 12+

Based on 5 reviews

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Community Reviews

age 13+

Steve Martin comedy

Overall, We enjoyed this. There are a moderate amount of sexual references, alcohol, bullying, & swearing. Our 12 year old son enjoyed the story line, & we liked the overall message of inner beauty “winning” over outer beauty.

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Great messages
Too much sex
Too much swearing
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age 11+

Slightly steamy, funny with an impeccable literary pedigree

Anything by Steve Martin is probably a good bet, but this tale of a small town fire chief, his haplessly inept team, and his rivalry with a younger but much dumber stud for a beautiful neighbor is particularly appealing. And what better way to introduce your kids to the classic Cyrano De Bergerac? Admittedly it lacks the bittersweet romance of the source material; on the other hand everyone gets the happy ending they deserve without dying on a battlefield. Some concerns: although Martin's C.D. is far less mindlessly violent than the original character, he takes a bit too much glee in punching out his opponent for my taste. Roxanne is supposed to be an astrophysicist, yet we don't see much evidence of this (she occasionally dons spectacles to look smart and she needs help lugging around a telescope, but that's it).

This title has:

Great messages
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Too much violence
Too much sex
Too much drinking/drugs/smoking

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