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Parents' Guide to

The Ladykillers

By Nell Minow, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 17+

Some wicked pleasures for mature teens and adults.

Movie R 2004 104 minutes
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What you will—and won't—find in this movie.

Community Reviews

age 12+

Based on 2 parent reviews

age 10+
There’s language, that’s about it. Not worth watching.
age 14+

Time for you to rob the video store

I don't think anything was TOO bad for this movie. If anything, it's the language. Besides that, it is a good remake, and a great comedy for all ages. I say on for 14 and up, due to the fact that younger children might not understand how using the "n" word might effect others.

Is It Any Good?

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

This lively film provides some wicked pleasures. Tom Hanks and the Coen brothers take the title and the concept from the 1955 English black comedy classic. They may miss the primary point (and joke) of the original, and they tone down their usual corkscrew dialogue and mordant humor, but it's still enjoyable. The Coens love characters who are sweet but not very bright, especially when they manage to foil characters who are crooked but not very bright. And Hanks likes to play against his type as the all-American guy we'd like living next door.

The movie is set in an idyllic Mississippi town somewhere between Mayberry and a Norman Rockwell painting and some time gently nestled between the Depression and hip-hop. The humor comes from a colorful assortment of injuries, ailments, and casualties, along with some choice dialogue. If the Coens and Hanks are a little too far outside the boundaries of their best work, their second-and third-best is also watchable, at least for those who find a professor with bad teeth and a big vocabulary, a dog with a gas mask, a cat with a severed finger, and a garbage scow with a dead body funny.

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