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Parents' Guide to

Suburban Commando

By Barbara Shulgasser-Parker, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 9+

Goofy '90s Hulk Hogan comedy has lots of slapstick violence.

Movie PG 1991 90 minutes
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A Lot or a Little?

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

Community Reviews

age 14+

Based on 1 parent review

age 14+

Not for kids

To much language

This title has:

Too much swearing

Is It Any Good?

Our review:
Parents say: (1 ):
Kids say: Not yet rated

Given the banging, punching, and physicality you can expect of a Hulk Hogan movie, this guilty-pleasure comedy is surprisingly well-paced, clever, and fun. When Shep appears in a small town wearing his Star Wars getup, one pedestrian quips, "Guess you don't shop off the rack much, huh, buddy?" Later, the intergalactic bounty hunters who dog him are even bulkier than Shep, but when one opens his menacing mouth, he speaks in a child's voice. "You're a dead man, Ramsay," he peeps. Hogan plays Shep winkingly, without any pretension to great acting, which works fine here. Christopher Lloyd is solid as the underappreciated milquetoast Charlie. Music is used well to enhance the comic plotting and imagery, including a calypso "Jingle Bells" over images of frozen bank customers and the rousing William Tell Overture as Shep rides away into space.

Don't expect an overarching sense of reality, though. When Shep gets ready to blast off in a new ship, you wonder where such a complex piece of rocketry came from and why no federal agency arrived to have a chat after the giant explosion his old ship caused. And some of the movie looks dated. But some kids may get a kick out of this silly story.

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