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Parents' Guide to

The Producers (1968)

By Hollis Griffin, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 13+

Slapstick musical has stereotypes, mature content.

Movie PG 1968 90 minutes
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age 14+

Based on 1 parent review

age 14+

Bawdy and in bad taste...in the best way!

What fun it is to see the tale Mel Brooks spun, and to still enjoy it all these decades later! Still offensive in its own right, especially when you see that establishing shot of all the various auditioning Hitlers prancing around and doing the Nazi salute! It's gutsy, bold, a revelation for its time as a comedy, and features two great leading performances from Mostel and Wilder, both frantic, zany leads that couldn't be more perfect for the part!

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Too much sex

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Moments in this movie are so bizarre that they fall nothing short of hilarious. Nevertheless, appreciating the humor of The Producers requires that viewers understand the parody of the staged musical. Director Mel Brooks won an Oscar for writing the multilayered production, and Mostel and Wilder both give fantastic performances -- Wilder was also nominated for his supporting role. And the film certainly offers a starting point for discussion around the stereotyped portrayals of various characters -- for example, the play's gay director and Max's Swedish secretary, as well as the German playwright and the Nazi references that follow. The moral implications of deceiving others and the potential fallout of going after a quick buck are also good discussion points.

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