Ski Patrol

Movie review by
Andrea Beach, Common Sense Media
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Inane '90s comedy with strong language, lots of slapstick.
  • PG
  • 1990
  • 91 minutes

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Positive Messages

The good guys advise drinking in moderation and not to drink and drive. Japanese tourists shown stereotypically taking pictures.

Positive Role Models & Representations

Good guys model teamwork and loyalty; bad guys are cartoonish villains. 


Slapstick, cartoon-y violence includes lots of people falling down while skiing and in danger of going off cliffs; and an accidental hard hit to the head with a basketball. Rivals engage in a brief shoving match.


Several kisses. Skiing through a tunnel compared to making love. Sight gags include a few men getting hit in the crotch and skiers accidentally falling into positions that mimic sex. A woman mentions that American men only want sex. One character mentions a couple of times that he's never had sex. References to middle-aged women who will beg you to take their money "among other things" if you grab their bottoms. A scene involving swimsuit models illustrates objectification of women's bodies.


"Damn," "ass," "hell," "crap," "s--t," "bastard," and "butt."

Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

Adults drink alcohol. Good guys advise drinking in moderation and that you shouldn't drink and drive. One character smokes; another puts an unlit cigar in his mouth and then throws it away.

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that Ski Patrol is a slapstick comedy from the production team of the Police Academy movies. Ski Patrol is a lot tamer: The main area of concern is the strong language, which includes "s--t" and variations, "ass," "damn," and "crap." A bad guy makes a sexist comment and a racial slur. Japanese tourists are shown as stereotypes. The good guys are a racially diverse trio of friends who model teamwork and loyalty. Violence is cartoon-y and slapstick and mostly involves people falling down while skiing. Sexual content includes a few kisses and skiers falling into poses that mimic sex. The female leads are mainly wallpaper, and a scene involving swimsuit models illustrates objectification of women's bodies.

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Kid, 10 years old April 26, 2021

Really funny!!

Funny movie! Great for family movie nights!!!!!

What's the story?

Greedy developer Maris (Martin Mull) wants to tear down the aging ski lodge of Snowy Peaks and replace it with a sleek, upscale resort. So he enlists the help of the selfish and shallow ski instructors to make sure the lodge's ski patrol unit fails to pass its safety inspections. The ski instructors use every dirty trick they can think of to sabotage the guys in the ski patrol (Roger Rose, T.K. Carter, George Lopez). With Snowy Peaks' lease renewal on the line, they can't afford another mistake. Can they prove who's behind all the accidents before Pops, the beloved owner of 40 years, is forced to sell?

Is it any good?

SKI PATROL is silly and stilted, and although it's relatively harmless (besides the language), it's also not very clever and suffers from a lack of heart. The plot is one long cliché about the lovable band of misfits who have to save the (summer camp/ski lodge/vacation resort) from the clutches of a greedy developer (includes talent show!) and only exists as a framework to move from one skiing gag to the next.

Big kids who haven't seen this story line a million times and who can handle the strong language will get some big laughs from the juvenile humor and will enjoy rooting for the gang to save the day in between the awesome skiing and snowboarding tricks. Some of the ski footage is entertaining, as are the dated costumes, but neither is enough to redeem an otherwise inane movie. 

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about silly comedies. Why are they so popular?

  • What's your favorite funny movie? Is Ski Patrol as good? Why, or why not?

  • Are you a fan of skiing or snowboarding? How have those sports changed since the late '80s/early '90s?

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