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By Paul Trandahl, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 12+

Goofy '80s parody has cursing, violence, innuendo.

Movie PG 1987 96 minutes
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A Lot or a Little?

What you will—and won't—find in this movie.

Community Reviews

age 11+

Based on 28 parent reviews

age 14+
I truly do not know what people were thinking with these other reviews. This movie, while very funny and enjoyable, is not appropriate for young children. There is excessive swearing which is not suitable for more sensitive audiences. Most of the humor in this film is adult. By today’s rating it could never be PG. Again, this movie is fun to watch, just keep in mind that it was not made for little kids.

This title has:

Too much sex
Too much swearing
5 people found this helpful.
age 8+
There isn't anything truly objectionable in spaceballs, though half the humor will fly right over most kids heads.
1 person found this helpful.

Is It Any Good?

Our review:
Parents say (28 ):
Kids say (105 ):

Brooks' Star Wars parody isn't particularly sophisticated, but older kids and teens should have fun with the goofy humor. Like most Brooks fare, Spaceballs revels in crude, sometimes infantile gags. For example, when the Darth Vader-inspired character, Dark Helmet, first appears, he approaches the camera, breathing heavily through his face-obscuring mask. Suddenly he flips up the front of the mask to reveal a nerdy-looking Rick Moranis, who exclaims, "I can't breathe in this thing!"

One of the great virtues of Brooks' masterwork, Young Frankenstein, was its beautiful re-creation of the look of the horror films of the 1930s, which added punch to all the ensuing silliness. Here, you don't really get the impression of watching a Star Wars movie gone mad: Many of the cheap-ish looking sets wouldn't look out of place on an episode of Saturday Night Live. Nevertheless, there are moments when the movie shines. Excessive merchandising is taken to task in a very funny scene in which Yogurt (Brooks again) hawks everything from Spaceballs the toilet paper to Spaceballs the flame thrower ("the kids love this one!"). And the movie's most memorable gag pays tribute to both the Alien series and the classic Chuck Jones cartoon "One Froggy Evening." Another good bit manages to work in a re-creation of the famous conclusion of Planet of the Apes.

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