Young Frankenstein

Movie review by Scott G. Mignola, Common Sense Media
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Common Sense says

age 12+

Brooks' corniness still yields plenty of belly laughs.

PG 1974 105 minutes

Parents say

age 11+

Based on 19 reviews

Kids say

age 11+

Based on 29 reviews

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age 13+

This title has:

Too much sex
Too much swearing
Too much drinking/drugs/smoking
age 15+

Not nearly as funny as I remembered

I actually recently showed this movie in a college class I taught on Frankenstein, and while the young adult males thought it was hilarious, I and the young women in the class squirmed a lot. As several people have mentioned, there's a sex scene that "starts out" non-consensual--so, yeah, there's the message that no means yes. It's also full of puerile humor about breasts and penises (hence the guffaws from the guys in my class). I watched this years ago and remembered that I thought it was funny, but this time around I thought it was clunky and the jokes were overdone. I was just plain bored.

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