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Parents' Guide to

The Golden Child

By Terreece Clarke, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 15+

Murphy gets mystical in '80s adventure comedy.

Movie PG-13 1986 94 minutes
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This is classic 1980s Eddie Murphy, as he sails through a pretty weak plot with his trademark humor, almost lending some validity to the nonsense going on around him. Murphy's Chandler is an endearing bad boy who can be a bit of a jerk when he encounters cultures that differ from his own.

Kids will love the adventure, the cute kid playing the Golden Child, and will probably get a good laugh at the '80s special effects. Parents may cringe at the thrown-together romance and the disturbing satanic imagery, but will also enjoy Murphy's great comedic timing and ad libs.

Movie Details

  • In theaters: December 12, 1986
  • On DVD or streaming: March 9, 1999
  • Cast: Charles Dance , Eddie Murphy , J.L Reate
  • Director: Michael Ritchie
  • Inclusion Information: Black actors
  • Studio: Paramount Pictures
  • Genre: Comedy
  • Run time: 94 minutes
  • MPAA rating: PG-13
  • MPAA explanation: violence, scary images, sexual humor, language and brief nudity
  • Last updated: April 4, 2023

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