The Producers (2005)

  • Review Date: May 15, 2006
  • Rated: PG-13
  • Genre: Musical
  • Release Year: 2005
  • Running Time: 134 minutes

Common Sense Media says

Long, too-faithful film of stage musical.
  • Review Date: May 15, 2006
  • Rated: PG-13
  • Genre: Musical
  • Release Year: 2005
  • Running Time: 134 minutes

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What parents need to know

Positive messages

The producers scam wealthy women to put up their show. Also the movie satirizes the Nazis and the protagonists are crooks.

Violence

Minor roughhousing, jokes about Nazis.

Sex

Bawdy sex jokes, including references to virginity, bosoms/bottoms, showgirls, elderly women exchanging money for sex.

Language

Satiric jokes regarding gay men, Nazis.

Consumerism

Visual references to some brands (White Rock) and NYC landmark, Sardis.

Drinking, drugs, & smoking

Cigar smoking/chewing.

Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that this film includes broad physical and what might be termed "vaudevillian" humor: ethnic, gay, and sex jokes, with language that might need explanation for younger viewers ("I shall take your virginity!" "You had to schtupp every little old lady in New York..."). The film also makes fun of a neurotic man's blanket fixation, Nazis/Hitler, prison, accountants, and actors ("Kill all ze actors!"). Since the movie is a satire, only kids old enough to recognize the movie's tongue in cheek references should see it.

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Kids say

What's the story?

THE PRODUCERS begins and ends with an odd couple, cynical Broadway producer/old ladies lothario Max Bialystock (Nathan Lane) and accountant/aspiring producer Leo Bloom (Matthew Broderick) in conjuring a surefire plan for profits: they will produce the worst show ever, collect lots of financing, and close it opening night. Written by and starring Franz Liebkind (Will Ferrell), \"Springtime for Hitler\" means to set the record straight on Der Führer. Or maybe not quite. When Liebkind breaks a leg on opening night, flaming director Roger De Bris (Gary Beach) steps in, and the show's a stupendous hit and the producers are ruined.

Is it any good?

QUALITY
 

Broad and blustery, the film version of Mel Brooks' musical, (not to be confused with the non-musical film on which the musical is based) is too long and too strained to be much fun. It's a big fat sardonic musical which demands grandeur, gaucheness, and above all, giddy delights. Director/choreographer Susan Stroman's Producers delivers these elements in seeming bulk, with gigantic gestures and broad blocking left over from the stage production.

The most romantic moment in the film is Leo's testimony at Max's trial. This love ballad reveals Broderick's lovely voice and sets the ground for the closing scene in prison. Here the boys are putting on another scam show, now having found their ideal milieu, not to mention a captive audience with terrible taste in set design. It's almost too bad that they are pardoned, for bringing "joy and laughter into the hearts of every murderer, rapist, and sex maniac in Sing Sing." That's something.

Families can talk about...

  • Families can talk about the nature of satire. How does the movie make humor out of crooks, Nazis and sex with old ladies? How can it get away with jokes based on homosexual and heterosexual stereotyping?

Movie details

Theatrical release date:December 16, 2005
DVD release date:May 16, 2006
Cast:Matthew Broderick, Nathan Lane, Uma Thurman
Director:Susan Stroman
Studio:Universal Pictures
Genre:Musical
Run time:134 minutes
MPAA rating:PG-13
MPAA explanation:sexual humor and references.

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Kid, 12 years old December 13, 2010
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12
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Really Funny Musical

Title speaks for itself.
What other families should know
Too much sex
Teen, 15 years old Written byanimalloverkt April 9, 2008
AGENot rated for age
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OK... I need to explain my ratings.

OK. I personally thought this is one of the best freaking movies of the year. But, some of the content is iffy, which is why it's great. It's perverted, twisted, and completely wonderful. Nathan Lane is really good as Max Bialystock, but Matthew Broderick is FANTASTIC as Leo Bloom. (Think of the blanket scene!) There is some cussing, lots of sexual references, but it's all very Monty Python-ish. Also, Leo and Max both like Ulla, so they have some stuff on that. ("For once, I'd like to have someone on that couch under 85.") Then she ends up with Leo. But there is a happy ending, and lots of cameos.
Teen, 17 years old Written byChristopherGraham October 9, 2014
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QUALITY
 

"The Producers" by Christopher Graham

A fun and wonderful movie for musical fans. This movie has a good, solid cast, wonderful singing voices from it's cast, and everything in this movie is to adore for. Teens are meant to see this movie, not little ones.
What other families should know
Too much sex
Too much swearing
Too much drinking/drugs/smoking

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