Parents' Guide to

They Live

By Brian Costello, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 16+

Campy, satirical classic has lots of violence, profanity.

Movie R 1988 93 minutes
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As campy as it is satirical, this movie stands the test of time -- it's wildly entertaining and worthy of being called a B-movie classic. The fun of They Live is that it manages to work both as a clever sci-fi lampooning of consumer culture and materialistic yuppies and as a hilarious "so bad it's great" movie with ridiculous one-liners, overlong fight scenes, and absurd plot twists. It's the kind of movie best enjoyed for its own sake; though those with more highbrow tastes will scoff at the acting, action, and dialogue, those looking to have fun through the magic of cinema could do much worse than They Live.

The lead character, played by the late, great wrestler "Rowdy" Roddy Piper and known only as "Nada" in the film credits, is a one-man one-liner machine, tossing out now-iconic quotes such as "I'm here to chew bubble gum and kick ass, and I"m all out of bubble gum" and "Life's a bitch, and she's back in heat." Ludicrous? Cheesy? Sure, but They Live shows that a movie can be hugely enjoyable and stand the test of time without being a cinematic masterpiece.

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