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A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this movie.
Characters lie to each other and masquerade as someone other than themselves. John is accused of crimes he didn't commit. Plenty of '50s-era sexism on display.
Violence & Scariness
One man dies and it's implied that he's hit with a wrench and strangled. There are several gunshots. A kitchen worker breaks a plate and comes at John menacingly. John's life is threatened several times, in person and through notes. John talks about having killed 72 people in World War II. There's also lots of car chases and one car crash, though no one is injured. One character nearly falls off a roof.
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
Lots of sexual innuendo and implied sexual activity, but little seen on the screen. Danielle flashes her legs to a police plane. John stares down a woman's cleavage. John and Francie kiss three times, and it's implied that they had sex.
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Drinking, Drugs & Smoking
Several characters drink wine, beer, and brandy at parties, dinner, and in their hotel rooms. John and Francie drink beer during a picnic in their car and drive afterwards. Jessie smokes.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that this Hitchcock suspense thriller offers mild suspense and several situations in which the lives of John, Francie, and other characters are at stake. Characters are shot at, chased in their cars, drive recklessly, and issued death threats. There's considerable 1950s-era sexism and women are treated as sex objects or paternally. John says at one point that he should "spank" a woman who disobeyed his orders. To stay in the loop on more movies like this, you can sign up for weekly Family Movie Night emails.
Is It Any Good?
What could be better than a Hitchcock film set in the picturesque French Riviera? As always, you have to admire Hitchcock's pacing. It's quick without being rushed. To Catch a Thief is an especially good introduction to Hitchcock for teens. While it does involve intrigue and death threats, it's not as dark as Rear Window, The Birds, or Psycho.
And the glamour of the 1950s fashions are not to be missed. When Grace Kelly floats through a party in a huge gold lame strapless ballgown it's divine. And Kelly in a chiffon gown just for a dinner date -- decadent.
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