The Rocky Horror Picture Show

  • Review Date: August 9, 2005
  • Rated: R
  • Genre: Musical
  • Release Year: 1975
  • Running Time: 106 minutes

Common Sense Media says

A comedic cult classic with heavy sexual innuendo.
  • Review Date: August 9, 2005
  • Rated: R
  • Genre: Musical
  • Release Year: 1975
  • Running Time: 106 minutes

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What parents need to know

Positive messages

Complex ideas about sexual identity and individual behavior. Underneath the provocative exterior, the movie has messages about being true to yourself and expressing yourself honestly.

Violence

Non-realistic for the most part. All in a comedic tone.

Sex

Cross-dressing, brief nudity, seduction, tons of innuendo.

Language

Mostly suggestive language, not explicit.

Consumerism
Not applicable
Drinking, drugs, & smoking

Almost none, wine consumed only.

Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that 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. Teenagers who possess a more mature grasp of sexuality and individuality might understand and enjoy the film. Due to its strong sexual nature, parents should be very cautious about allowing their children to view this film.

Parents say

Kids say

What's the story?

THE ROCKY HORROR PICTURE SHOW opens with conservative young couple (Barry Bostwick and Susan Sarandon), experiencing a flat tire on a rainy night. They find shelter in the menacing-looking castle of Dr. Frank N. Furter (Tim Curry), a cross-dressing mad scientist. The film follows Brad and Janet's descent into the world of Dr. Frank N. Furter and his minions. He is building the perfect love god -- a muscle bound blond named Rocky. As Brad and Janet rediscover their own sexualities and Rocky desperately wants to discover his own, the film grows more surreal, ending in the massive revelation that Dr. Frank N. Furter's glammed out, androgynous self is more than just different, it is out of this world. Hunchback Riffraff deems the Doctor's lifestyle "too extreme" and subtly takes over in a very obvious reference to the powers of conformity quashing the wildly different when it gets in the way of the greater plan.

Is it any good?

QUALITY
 

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 its cult classic title.

 

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 1970's glam rock concert come to life in film form. 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.

Families can talk about...

  • Families can talk about this movie's themes of personal and sexual individuality and the concept of "fitting in." Beyond the campy elements, there are lessons to be learned about staying true to yourself.

Movie details

Theatrical release date:September 26, 1975
DVD release date:October 3, 2000
Cast:Barry Bostwick, Susan Sarandon, Tim Curry
Director:Jim Sharman
Studio:Twentieth Century Fox
Genre:Musical
Run time:106 minutes
MPAA rating:R
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Kid, 11 years old May 14, 2011
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11
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Not the best for kids my age
What other families should know
Too much sex
Teen, 15 years old Written byShinigami1994 March 18, 2010
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15
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Undeniably weird. Watch it.

WATCH. THIS. MOVIE. This is by far my favorite movie of all time. It not only features strange behavior, it practically promotes it! That is something that I have to appreciate. If you would like to see this movie, know this: there is sex. There is also sex, along with more sex. For most of the film, you will be feasting your eyes upon a transvestite. You get used to this quickly. There are scenes of adultery, gay sex, sex (none of which are shown) and brief flashes of one character's might-as-well-be-bare breasts. Language is what you would expect for an R, and violence is so cheesy that it is comical. Some may find one scene disturbing in which the characters find out that they have just eating a scrumptious dinner of human entrails. The hard way. The body is shown eviscerated, but in a very comical way. Nothing a mature teen cannot handle. Laugh, sing along to the songs, and enjoy. No, seriously. Watch it. NOW.
What other families should know
Too much sex
Teen, 15 years old Written byBeatleStar117 December 19, 2010
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15
QUALITY
 

I love it,but kids should avoid it.

Well,I liked it because of it's music and it's uniqueness. It is as it says. Kids,avoid. Teens,maybe. Positive:shows it's ok to be different. Negative:sexual themes.
What other families should know
Too much sex
Great messages

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