Saturday Night Fever

Movie review by Charles Cassady Jr., Common Sense Media
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Common Sense says

age 16+

Disco drama has sex, violence, swearing off the dance floor.

R 1977 119 minutes

Parents say

age 17+

Based on 8 reviews

Kids say

age 16+

Based on 11 reviews

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age 17+

Kids should not watch this

I'm not particularly conservative about this thing and there are a lot of elements that I consider not be particularly offensive, it treats religion quite well imo and the profanity and mild nudity is not at all a deal breaker. What is a deal breaker, however, is the messages this movies puts across. Main characters mock people of color with racial slurs and openly harass a gay couple they see in the street, more or less stating that they would like to 'kill them if it weren't sunday'. Although the film ends with John Travolta's character ultimately shunning his friends' egregious behavior, the movie does not portray these behaviors as as horrible as they should be. For example, after a girl is drugged and gang-r*ped by his friends, Travolta's character calls her a whore, which is an exceedingly horrific thing to do, yet he does not show much remorse for it at all. Moreover, he sexually assaults his main love interest but this is swept under the rug by the movie. This movie, although its dance scenes are enjoyable and some other scenes are well-made, seems to almost condone the horrible behaviors of its character. Absolutely would not recommend for kids under 17, even if they are "mature for their age".

This title has:

Too much sex
Too much swearing
Too much drinking/drugs/smoking
age 18+

This title has:

Too much violence
Too much sex
Too much swearing
Too much drinking/drugs/smoking

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