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A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this movie.
Shake, Rattle and Rock! offers positive messages about rock-'n'-roll as a worthwhile art form.
Positive Role Models
Adults are shown as repressed killjoys while kids are shown as just trying to have a good time and express themselves. Kids routinely disobey parents' wishes, but to be fair, the parents are shown as so clueless and easily offended that it's hard not to support the disobedience.
Violence & Scariness
Minor scuffles between police and kids at a rock-'n'-roll show when a few kids are shoved or knocked to the ground. After a riot ensues, kids are shown smashing the windows of a car with a tire iron.
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
Sexual innuendo throughout. A man hits on a woman and is rejected. A mother describes rock-'n'-roll as "African foreplay." A guy says he's going to "chase some skirt." Two girls discuss whether another girl is a "slut" or a "tease" or how often she has gotten "felt up." A couple demonstrates what "grinding" is by placing the boy's hands on the girl's behind, then simulating grinding.
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Minor profanity, such as "what the hell." Era-specific terminology or sayings, such as "Negro."
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Drinking, Drugs & Smoking
Casual cigarette smoking.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Shake, Rattle and Rock! is a 1994 remake of the 1950s rock-'n'-roll comedy. Here, music-obsessed kids disobey their strict, Puritanical parents and break into song and bust a move whenever they get a chance. There's some sexual suggestiveness in discussions of sexual behavior, casual smoking, and lots of prankishness, but the real drawback is that it's a colorless rendition of what likely was a much more exciting era in reality -- like Grease without any of the wit, songs, or charm. To stay in the loop on more movies like this, you can sign up for weekly Family Movie Night emails.
Is It Any Good?
This movie aims to capture the zeitgeist of the 1950s through a 1990s haze of nostalgia, but it all ends up being rather superficial. There's all the touchstone poodle skirts and leather jackets and square adults not hip to the new tunes, but in an effort to camp up the era's zany times, it misses out on anything like depth or real commentary on what it was all about. Instead, it feels like bits of dialogue are tossed into a series of musical numbers that -- although some are good, particularly the ones with the African-American quartet -- tell us very little about the reality of teens growing up in the era, even in a comedic or tongue-in-cheek way, that hasn't been done better elsewhere. Here, there are rebels or squares and not much in between, nor any effort made to understand them. Parents who don't mind that surface treatment should note that there's some era-specific racism, casual smoking, and the suggestiveness of burgeoning sexual liberation to come. Unfortunately, those things are used in place of better characters or a more compelling plotline.
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