Parents' Guide to

Smokey and the Bandit

By Renee Longstreet, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 13+

Car stunts, romance, and salty language in 1970s comedy.

Movie PG 1977 96 minutes
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Community Reviews

age 14+

Based on 2 parent reviews

age 13+

Trans Ams in all of their splendor!

Fun, frivolous, silly, and all for Coors. It seems a preposterous premise in the current cultural moment, but is very culturally specific in 1977, which is part of this film's charm. It does not change the world, but it helps you forget about it for 90 minutes...oh! and that Trans Am!
age 15+

Great film!!!

Awesome film, however there are multiple uses of swearing. For example, words like sh-t and son of a bit-h are used many, many times. Many other swear words, not too much sexy stuff, but jokes about it, and violence at a bar. Awesome movie for me and my 14 year son, though! Age 15+

This title has:

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

Is It Any Good?

Our review:
Parents say (2):
Kids say (10):

Burt Reynolds, Sally Field, and Jackie Gleason have a high time in this silly car-chase movie that was a big hit and spawned several sequels. Smokey and the Bandit is all crashes and booms, with a budding romance evolving between two very popular stars. It's Burt Reynolds at his most ingratiating and Sally Fields at her most adorable (well before her serious acting skills had been discovered by fans). It's always predictable and often funny; there's pratfall humor, with Smokey and his dim-witted son being made the butt of most of the jokes. The PG rating (issued well before the addition of PG-13) doesn't quite take into account the continuous swearing and sexual repartee.

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