Parents' Guide to

The Thin Man

By Jeffrey M. Anderson, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 10+

Death and drinking in otherwise superb Hollywood classic.

Movie NR 1934 91 minutes
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age 18+

Based on 1 parent review

age 18+

R: drug-related scenes throughout and some brief violence

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Adapted from Dashiell Hammett's novel, The Thin Man is one of those rare examples of a Hollywood studio production on which everything came together perfectly. Director W.S. Van Dyke, also known as "One Take Woody," reportedly shot the entire movie in 12 days, giving it a kind of zippy, relaxed quality, which is odd -- and refreshing -- for an otherwise glossy MGM production. Van Dyke seamlessly combines a playful post-marriage romance, sophisticated comedy, and a tense, beautifully-crafted murder mystery in such a way that has rarely been repeated.

William Powell and Myrna Loy came together onscreen with perhaps the most perfect chemistry ever seen; they bounced off one another with a sparkle and shine that has rarely been matched (they repeated these roles five more times, and appeared together in eight additional movies). Throw in the adorable pooch Asta, and you've got a winner. Though the movie was made for adults, it's entertaining enough that teens should get a kick out of it.

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