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Parents' Guide to

Trading Places

By Alex Orner, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 15+

1980s comedy pokes fun at the rich; has sexism, stereotypes.

Movie R 1983 116 minutes
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A Lot or a Little?

What you will—and won't—find in this movie.

Community Reviews

age 14+

Based on 6 parent reviews

age 16+

Overall, it was funny with a good message.

I watched this with my 16-year-old and felt totally comfortable with her seeing it. There is nothing sexual in it. There are several scenes where women are topless — there was one scene where there was dancing at a party and two women take their tops off and dance. But I don’t recall there being partners when they were dancing (it was a big group) and there was certainly no sexual grinding or anything like that. I took that scene as an opportunity to point out that nowadays if someone did that, they would be filmed and it would be posted on the Internet, so it’s not something anybody would do now. There were also a couple of other scenes where Jamie Lee Curtis gratuitously took her top off when changing but there was nothing sexual that happened. There was also swearing occasionally throughout, but nothing my child has not heard. There was one use of the N-word, which is always shocking, by one of the people of the lowest character in the movie. There was also use of the word Negro twice also by people of low character. There was also a reference to a woman who was a prostitute as a whore, a word I personally hate. Finally, there was a scene where Dan Aykroyd painted his face to appear African-American, which was part of a kind of ridiculous plot point. All that said , it was funny and good-humored with a good message about respecting people in all walks of life.
age 17+

Is It Any Good?

Our review:
Parents say (6 ):
Kids say (16 ):

This bawdy comedy insightfully raises issues about economic inequality and class structure in America. Both Aykroyd and Murphy make Trading Places memorable with their performances, and there are fun cameos by Al Franken and Jim Belushi. But the movie uses so many stereotypes, plus a near constant stream of sexist content, that you may want to find your conversation starters about wealth and morality elsewhere.

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