The Three Musketeers

  • Review Date: January 15, 2008
  • Rated: PG
  • Genre: Action/Adventure
  • Release Year: 1993
  • Running Time: 105 minutes

Common Sense Media says

Frothy '90s Disney remake offers light amusement.
  • Review Date: January 15, 2008
  • Rated: PG
  • Genre: Action/Adventure
  • Release Year: 1993
  • Running Time: 105 minutes

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What parents need to know

Positive messages

Teamwork, honor, duty, and loyalty are strong themes, even in the face of self-doubt/recrimination and regret. Bad behavior is punished (often violently).

Positive role models

Good guys and bad guys are clearly defined, but the good guys do their share of lying, partying, and womanizing. But it's clear that the Musketeers are loyal to each other and their king/country and will do whatever it takes to stop the cardinal.

Violence

Lots of sword- and fist-fighting. People are shown being killed, but blood is minimal. Scenes of torture; a man who begged for mercy is killed (viewers see the shadow of his stabbing). Cannon fire. A suicide is also shown when a woman jumps from a cliff (not shown hitting the water below).

Sex

The heroes have women falling all over them, most of whom are about to fall out of their costumes -- lots of heaving bosoms/cleavage/partially clad ladies. An evil cardinal threatens and tries to seduce women. Lots of kissing, talk of love, and wooing. A woman takes a bath and appears nude from the waist up (viewers see her bare back). A man tries to grope a woman who pulls a knife on him, placing it at his private area. Frequent innuendo.

Language

Name calling and mild swear words like "damn."

Consumerism
Not applicable
Drinking, drugs, & smoking

Drinking of wine and mead (sometimes to excess).

Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that the violent content in this take on The Three Musketeers will be a factor for younger viewers -- good and bad guys die (mostly by the sword), and there's one suicide by jumping. And while much of the frequent sexual innuendo will go over kids' head, there's plenty of ogling, kissing, and cleavage/overflowing corsets for them to see. Teamwork and loyalty are strong themes, but characters also struggle with self-doubt/recrimination and have clearly made mistakes. Expect some drinking/carousing, but language doesn't get much stronger than "damn."

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What's the story?

D'Artagnan (Chris O'Donnell) is a young wannabe Musketeer who arrives just as the famous group is disbanded. His quick temper soon draws the ire of three of the group's most famous members: Porthos, Athos, and Aramis (in order, Oliver Platt, Kiefer Sutherland, Charlie Sheen). Just before they all duel, d'Artagnan ends up helping the Musketeers fend off an evil cardinal's guard. Alliances follow along with witty banter, wanton wenches, and heroic sacrifices.

 

Is it any good?

QUALITY
 

The heroes, sword fighting, and political intrigue are all front and center in Disney's retelling of THE THREE MUSKETEERS, but they definitely took some licenses with the original story. Specifically, they made the character the swashbucklers try to save -- Milady de Winter (Rebecca DeMornay) -- far more sympathetic than she is in Alexandre Dumas' book. Instead of a vicious spy who marries for money, she becomes a falsely accused woman who lost the love of her life and then became vile but redeemable.

It's lots of fun if you're in the right mood/mindset, but this adaptation is more like an MTV version than a true retelling of the classic story, gathering some popular '90s actors for light swashbuckling amusement. Accents come and go, the language is more modern American English than 17th-century French, and the acting and comedy are more slapstick than reverent theater.

Families can talk about...

  • Families can talk about honor and duty. Of the four famed Musketeers, who's the most honorable? Even heroes make mistakes. What mistakes did D'Artagnan make?

  • What role does violence play in the movie? How does it compare to what you might see in an action/adventure movie set during modern times?

Movie details

Theatrical release date:November 12, 1993
DVD release date:August 24, 1999
Cast:Charlie Sheen, Chris O'Donnell, Kiefer Sutherland, Oliver Platt
Director:Stephen Herek
Studio:Walt Disney Pictures
Genre:Action/Adventure
Topics:Adventures, Book characters
Run time:105 minutes
MPAA rating:PG
MPAA explanation:action/violence and some brief sensuality

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Adult Written byDr3w November 8, 2011
AGE
13
QUALITY
 

Who Would Let Their 8 Year Old Watch This?

My brother and I began watching this film while we were staying with a friend of our mothers. We saw that it was a Disney movie and was rated PG, so we thought it would probably be fine. Plus, with Kiefer Sutherland, Chris O'Donnel and Tim Curry in the cast, we thought it would probably be pretty decent. I don't know how to express my disappointment in this film. The action was mediocre at best, the plot was not developed well at all, the dialogue wasn't amusing or even light-hearted, and simply nothing in this film was as good as it should have been. I would get more excited about watching Gunga Din again than I would about watching this movie. My second disappointment in this film, however, was the near constant barrage of sensual scenes. There are many shots of busty women wearing cleavage bearing outfits that left me and my brother feeling very uncomfortable the whole film. There is partial nudity as a woman gets out of a bathtub and her bare back is visible. This scene is also problematic because, while the viewer may only see her back, the cardinal has snuck into the woman's room and sees her from the front. Early on there are bawdy innuendos involving infidelity (Aramis is shown leaping from a married woman's house after her husband burst in on them. Ostensibly all they were doing was reading the Bible, but the woman was wearing VERY revealing period underwear that leaves very little to the imagination). The main characters are shown carousing with prostitutes. D'Artagnan ends up making out with Milady while dressed only in his whity-tighties in a very sensual scene. There is a scene in a bar with drinking and prostitutes making veiled lewd comments. There was no explicit nudity or sexuality in this film, but the near constant sensuality makes me wonder who thinks this film would be ok for 8 and up especially since there are some fairly intense and violent scenes as well.
What other families should know
Too much sex
Too much drinking/drugs/smoking
Parent Written byQueaks June 26, 2014
AGE
13
QUALITY
 

Great movie, but too risque for young kids!

This is the first time I have been surprised by a Common Sense Media rating. This is not anything I would want my 8 yr old or even 10 yr old to watch. Children emulate. Do you want them repeating the racy content in this movie? I sure don't. Look closely at the description on this page under "Sexy Stuff" says, "The heroes have women falling all over them and most of the women are about to fall out of their costumes -- lots of heaving bosoms. An evil cardinal threatens and tries to seduce women. Lots of kissing, talk of love, and wooing. A woman takes a bath and appears nude from the waist up, we see her bare back. A man tries to grope a woman who pulls a knife on him, placing it at his private area." This movie needs to be re-evaluated!
What other families should know
Too much sex
Too much drinking/drugs/smoking

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