A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this movie.
Complex ideas about sexual identity and individual behavior. Underneath the provocative and campy exterior, the movie has messages about being true to yourself and expressing yourself honestly.
Positive Role Models
Characters are far too campy to be seen as positive role models.
Violence & Scariness
Dead body in a glass table. Characters killed by lasers. Implication that a man was killed with a pickax. Comedic pratfall violence: male character kicked in the crotch, female character playfully whipped.
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
Cross-dressing, brief nudity, seduction, tons of innuendo. Lead characters turned into naked statues. In cases of mistaken identity, Brad and Janet initiate sex with one another, but in both instances, their partner is Frank N. Furter in disguise.
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Frequent sexual innuendo, implying erections, sexual desire, group sex. "Dammit," "goddammit."
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Drinking, Drugs & Smoking
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that The Rocky Horror Picture Show is a 1975 cult classic movie in which two square sweethearts spend the night in the castle of a transvestite scientist. This movie is based upon complex adult themes of sexuality and personal freedoms/lifestyles. Dr. Frank N. Furter is played up as an outlandish, sexually-open character. There is a very suggestive scene of Frank N. Furter seducing the couple and another sex scene between Janet and the beefcake Rocky. While there is no direct nudity, the film is very provocative, right down to the song lyrics. Expect frequent sexual innuendo, implying erections, sexual desire, and group sex. "Dammit" and "goddammit" are heard. Violence includes a dead body in a glass table, characters killed by lasers, and the implication that a man was killed with a pickax. Comedic pratfall violence includes a male character kicked in the crotch and a female character playfully whipped. Mature teens with an understanding of sexuality and individuality are the best audience. To stay in the loop on more movies like this, you can sign up for weekly Family Movie Night emails.
Is It Any Good?
The definition of kitsch, Rocky Horror is a campy, musical spoof on the haunted-castle horror movie, encompassing a '70s glam-rock world of androgyny with characters that are more than offbeat. Adults have been gathering at ritualistic midnight viewings of Rocky Horror across the country since its 1975 debut, contributing to it being a cult classic.
The movie has a built-in audience: lovers of glam rock and the world it sings along to. For this audience, it's like watching their favorite 1970s glam rock concert come to life. Rocky Horror is one of the best, if not the best-executed, examples of a film that celebrates the odd, the rejected, the rock-'n'-roll misfits who live by the beat of their own wayward drum. It's just not for kids.
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