Who Framed Roger Rabbit?

Movie review by Ed Grant, Common Sense Media
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Common Sense says

age 12+

Deceptively mature movie mixes fun with guns, innuendo.

PG 1988 103 minutes

Parents say

age 12+

Based on 32 reviews

Kids say

age 10+

Based on 89 reviews

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age 12+

Definitely a hard PG-13

Although Who Framed Roger Rabbit came out with a PG rating, it was released in 1988. There was barely a PG-13 rating back then. Mind you, this is a hard PG-13 or a soft R by today's standards. Jessica is shown multiple times in a bikini. There is LOTS of profanity in the movie, including two F-bombs; also the words sh*t, damn, hell, bastard, b**ch, and the two racial slurs which I won't repeat on here (one for an African American, one for a Caucasian).

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age 7+

Eye popping fun and thrills

Spoilers in this review. I’ve shown this film to my little daughters, 7 and 5, and my 7 year old only freaked out and ran off for a moment when Christopher Lloyd’s character turned into an evil cartoon at the end. The five year old just sat there totally unaffected and said “he’s the baddie”. Good girl! She could tell what the film was doing. She knew the good guy would win. They both loved every other second of the film, especially the cartoon violence which they have talked about as “not being real” and how in real life “you can’t be like a cartoon”. They know cartoons like Tom and Jerry and Wile E Coyote and no matter what cartoon mishaps befall those characters, they are back on screen the next moment. Same thing here. It’s teaching them that imaginary worlds and real worlds are distinct, and the fun here in this movie comes from seeing them both put together. Don’t you remember when you were little and something on the tv made you run behind the sofa? It didn’t kill you, did it? It toughened you up a bit. And they laughed at all the cartoons and the rest of the adult stuff was mild and brief and over their heads. There is a moment when this guy gets shot in the back but the actual depiction of that is brief and (funnily enough) a bit cartoon like, so it’s not actually that emotional a moment. Also the shoe dying in the dip scene is sad but it needs to be to establish the bad guy as dangerous. Again the kids just shrugged that off. But hey! Toughen your kids up and they’ll grow up well adjusted and happier for it. I give this film two thumbs way up. A masterpiece. As I say, Christopher Lloyd’s character might be a bit much for some little ones (and even some adults), but any child older than 7 shouldn’t be too stressed. Their review is “Yeah! I liked it!” (5 year old) and “Didn’t like it as much as Space Jam” (7 year old).

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