Parents' Guide to

The Apple Dumpling Gang

By Heather Boerner, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 7+

Rollicking Old West ride lassos some stereotypes.

Movie G 1975 100 minutes
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Community Reviews

age 7+

Based on 2 parent reviews

age 7+

Pretty Clean Fun

My husband and I watched this oldie as kids. Our kids enjoy the various mishaps that happen in this film. It does have a heavily-disguised comments about sex that will likely go over the kids' heads. At one point in the movie, one male character tells another male character that he saw the main female character in a rain storm and something along the lines of "I can guarantee you she's a fine specimen of womanhood." At another point in the movie, Donovan and Dusty argue at length about whether or not he expects to get his 'husbandly privileges' now that they are legally married. Not crucial to the story, and unfortunate additions to what is a G-rated film and supposed be a family-friendly.
age 6+

Great family movie

We all loved it, adults and children. ❤️

Is It Any Good?

Our review:
Parents say (2 ):
Kids say (5 ):

Full of thrills and adventure exciting enough to keep kids interested, this comedic Western is mild enough not to frighten more sensitive kids. Knotts and Conway carry The Apple Dumpling Gang through a straightforward plot with their slapstick, and they're the characters kids are likely to remember and love. Though the effects may seem dated now, the mild hijinx and silly fun, wild races and chases, and wacky characters are enough to keep kids giggling.

The main drawbacks are a cliched plot and offensive portrayals of Latinos and Asian Americans (as shown in the Chinese laundromat). The film also leans on gender stereotypes, seen in the romance between Dusty and Donovan: Donovan settles down and becomes a "family man" while Dusty gives up her job to become his wife and a homemaker. While there's nothing wrong with this dynamic, The Apple Dumpling Gang presents it as the only way to be happy.

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