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The Naked Gun: From the Files of Police Squad!

review by
Heather Boerner, Common Sense Media
The Naked Gun: From the Files of Police Squad! [node:content-type] Poster Image
Bawdy, dumb-humor classic spoofs '80s cop dramas.
  • PG-13
  • 1988
  • 84 minutes
Popular with kidsParents recommend

Parents say

age 13+
Based on 6 reviews

Kids say

age 11+
Based on 15 reviews

A lot or a little?

The parents' guide to what's in this movie.

Positive Messages

Other than a stream of sight gags and sexual pranks, there's no message here.

Positive Role Models & Representations

It's unlikely that you would want your kids to emulate anyone here.

Violence

Three Stooges-style violence -- all comical. Characters are shot at, sometimes hit repeatedly without being injured.

Sex

Bawdy jokes and innuendo, and one comical love scene with full-body condoms.

Language

A few mild curse words ("hell"), but nothing to worry too much about.

Consumerism
Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

Some cigarette smoking and brief drinking, but not to excess.

What 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.

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  • Kids say
Adult Written byVohaul February 16, 2019

Great movie, but should be rated R

Great movie with great humor, but due to some sexual references I think it should be rated R.
Adult Written byKent L. October 31, 2017
Kid, 12 years old September 10, 2016

Really Good Cartoon-Like Comedy

The Naked Gun is a really good movie in my opinion, and although it is live action, it features several cartoon-like jokes. Onto content:
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Teen, 16 years old Written byluke3854 June 22, 2010

Great Movie

ONly problem with it is some sexual innuendo but thats it

What's the story?

Chock full of campy humor, THE NAKED GUN follows Police Lt. Frank Drebin (Leslie Nielsen) as he investigates an assassination plot against the queen of England, who will soon be visiting Los Angeles. His search takes him to the offices of business bigwig Vincent Ludwig (played campily by Ricardo Montalban), into the arms of Ludwig's assistant, Jane Spencer (Priscilla Presley), and into harm's way. But where Frank goes and who he meets isn't as important as the crazy gags along the way. Just a few examples: Frank's a horrible driver, constantly running into things and letting his car ride off the road. When he meets Jane, Frank follows her to a library, where he looks up at her on a ladder and says "Nice beaver." Cut to a shot of a stuffed beaver being handed down. Later, when the couple consummate their attraction, they strip naked and don full-body condoms. And when Frank attends a press conference, he leaves his mic on in the bathroom, letting everyone in the room know what he does in the stall.

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.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about why this brand of "dumb humor" is appealing. Why do they enjoy it?

  • Talk about how the film is a spoof on current events of the 1980s. Is the insight still relevant today? Are the jokes still funny?

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