Parents' Guide to

The Strongest Man in the World

By Joly Herman, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 6+

Dexter Riley trilogy falls flat in its final installment.

Movie G 1975 92 minutes
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What you will—and won't—find in this movie.

Community Reviews

age 10+

Based on 3 parent reviews

age 15+

Laugh up joke/hoax of a movie is one of the BEST I saw

PG-13: brief mild emtional elements
age 5+

Some giggles

My kids liked the old fashioned effects and the silly humor. It was fun and played along the expected underdog story. In line with other Disney movies of the time, it’s mostly a white-man’s world, with a sprinkling of stereotypes. (A scene with a Chinese man using acupuncture to hypnotize is a little cringe worthy). There is not a lot of character development, so it depends on basic tropes (flaky stoner type, handsome guy, matriarch head of a business, bungling dean, overly confident competitor). Even though it was dated, the basic comedic elements are enduring. Zany and fun humor never go out of style.

Is It Any Good?

Our review:
Parents say (3):
Kids say (1):

Not as strong as the other two films in the Dexter Riley series, this one spends more time characterizing the buffoonery of adults than paying attention to the kids who are watching the film. In fact, Kurt Russell spends less time on-screen than his many co-stars. Modern day kids might be bored by the lame special effects and the many minutes spent in board meetings with old white men.

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