The Producers (1968)

Movie review by
Hollis Griffin, Common Sense Media
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Slapstick comedy-musical -- not meant for kids.
  • NR
  • 1968
  • 90 minutes

Parents say

age 14+
Based on 2 reviews

Kids say

age 13+
Based on 9 reviews

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A lot or a little?

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

Positive Messages

The two leads lie, cheat, and steal from old ladies. While they are punished for their actions, this does not change them in any way.


All slapstick.


A main character is characterized as being "a gigolo." Female characters are depicted in suggestive costumes. Highly stereotypical depictions of homosexuality.


Farcical song lyrics deal with racism and anti-semitism.

Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

Some drinking, largely without consequences.

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that this film depicts two con men trying to steal money from elderly women and unsuspecting theatergoers. The Broadway musical featured in the movie comically champions Nazi beliefs and dogma; the song lyrics contain many references to the glory of "the master race" and other aspects of Nazi ideologies. There are several references to sex and the musical features some suggestively clad females on stage. Because the film has been turned into a high-profile Broadway musical and is being remade for the screen with actors Nathan Lane and Matthew Broderick, children may be familiar with it and want to see it.

User Reviews

  • Parents say
  • Kids say
Adult Written byBestPicture1996 March 17, 2014

Bawdy and in bad 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 es... Continue reading
Adult Written bydbrenner23 April 9, 2008

Classic & FUNNY satire from Mel Brooks!

Zero Mostel, Gene Wilder, Mel Brooks at their satiric and quirky best!! Those with zero tolerance for humor that crosses the line (effeminate gay humor, Nazis)... Continue reading
Teen, 13 years old Written byLukeCon September 2, 2020

Another treat for fans of quirky Mel Brooks comedy

Mel Brooks displays more of his classic comedy in The Producers. Except this humor is different—in a more weird/quirky way; nonetheless, the humor still is effe... Continue reading
Teen, 14 years old Written byMelBrooksFan September 2, 2016

Must-see film for comedy fans

No wonder this movie is considered such a classic! It was a revolutionary film when it was first released back in 1968, and I truly believe that it helped open... Continue reading

What's the story?

A slapstick comedy-musical starring Gene Wilder, THE PRODUCERS features two con artist/Broadway producers who plot to swindle old women into financing the most awful musical ever staged. Their ultimate goal is to have the musical bomb, pocket all of the receipts, and then disappear to a beach in Rio de Janeiro. To make this dream a reality, Max Bialystock (Zero Mostel) and Leo Bloom choose an offensive Nazi love story penned by a German madman, and select a no-talent gay director in order to ensure that the musical flops. The result is "Springtime for Hitler," an absurd musical extravaganza that features scantily clad Bavarian women and a dancing chorus comprised of Nazi soldiers.

Is it any good?

There are moments of this movie that are so bizarre that they are nothing short of hilarious. Nevertheless, appreciating this humor requires that viewers be able to identify the parodic quality of the staged musical. The film allows many opportunities for families to discuss the stereotyped portrayals of various characters, for example, the play's gay director and Bialystock's seemingly, Swedish sex kitten secretary. The moral implications of deceiving others and the potential fallout of going after a quick buck are also good discussion points.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about the ethical problems involved in Max Bialystock and Leo Bloom's business practices. Why did they focus their efforts on cheating older women? How did Bialystock convince Bloom to go into business with him? What would you have done if someone offered you a lot of money to cheat others? The content of the play also offers families many opportunities to discuss racism and anti-semitism. Why might some people be offended by the song lyrics, despite their satirical overtones? Furthermore, the director character offers families an opportunity to discuss homosexuality. How does the film portray the character Roger de Bris? Why is he shown wearing a dress? Why might some people be upset about that?

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For kids who love comedy and musicals

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