Trading Places

Movie review by Alex Orner, Common Sense Media
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Common Sense says

age 17+

Edgy, bawdy '80s comedy not meant for kids.

R 1983 116 minutes

Parents say

age 14+

Based on 6 reviews

Kids say

age 13+

Based on 14 reviews

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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+

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