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A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this movie.
Other than a stream of sight gags and sexual pranks, there's no message here.
Positive Role Models
It's unlikely that you would want your kids to emulate anyone here.
Violence & Scariness
Three Stooges-style violence -- all comical. Characters are shot at, sometimes hit repeatedly without being injured.
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
Bawdy jokes and innuendo, and one comical love scene with full-body condoms.
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A few mild curse words ("hell"), but nothing to worry too much about.
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Drinking, Drugs & Smoking
Some cigarette smoking and brief drinking, but not to excess.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that this film is a series of pratfalls, sight gags, and bawdy jokes, all of which should delight teen boys (and their fathers). The movie's violence -- Nordburg gets shot at repeatedly, and Frank's safety is constantly in question -- is so over the top that you can't take it seriously. Characters talk about having safe sex (and are later seen wearing full-body condoms). When trying to get off a ledge, Frank first grabs a woman's breasts and then pulls the stone carving of a penis off a statue. For older teens, the language and jokes are nothing new and shouldn't be disturbing. To stay in the loop on more movies like this, you can sign up for weekly Family Movie Night emails.
Is It Any Good?
If you're at all squeamish about toilet humor, pratfalls, or sexual innuendo, avoid The Naked Gun. It's rife with all of the above -- in fact, it's a nonstop series of jokes that will have your inner 14-year-old boy rolling on the floor laughing.
And f you don't have an inner 14-year-old boy, pay attention to the plot twists that are surprising a couple of decades down the line. Pre-murder trial O.J. Simpson plays a well-meaning cop who's constantly getting hurt. And, the film starts with the meeting of "rogue nations," as Ayatollah Khomeini proclaims, "We must conceive of at least one terrorist act that will show all the world that the United States, the Great Satan, is but a paper tiger, a weak nation, a weak people, a people ripe for destruction." Those words seem even more ominous now than they did in the midst of the Cold War.
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