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Duck Soup Review

For Families provided by Common Sense Media

OK for kids 7+

Nonstop classic Marx Bros. mayhem kids will love.

What Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that the Marx Brothers in this movie are the epitome of anarchy. They're rude, insulting, pranksterish, and loyal to nobody. Later, tamer features would usually cast them in some good-guy role, their destructive mayhem having a secret agenda to help out a pretty girl in distress or the like, but not in this movie. Parents who think the Three Stooges are a bad influence may feel the same applies here. Also, the opening-credit image of live ducks floating in a pot with a fire under it is a little disturbing.

  • Families can talk about how a movie this hilarious could have failed at the box office when it opened in the '30s. Other, more popular Marx Brothers movies had boring musical numbers and straight-faced romantic subplots to interrupt the comedy. Should that have been done here? What kinds of comedies that you see today are like Duck Soup, or is this brand of comedy unique?

The good stuff
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    Messages: The Marx Brothers mercilessly torment the movie's villains to the point that you actually feel sorry for them. And, technically, Groucho's a dictator.

What to watch for
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    Violence and scariness: Explosions, gunfire, and mortar shells in a comical war. Slapstick roughhousing on the street by Chico and Harpo.

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    Sexy stuff: Some mild innuendo from Groucho. Various young women, one in lingerie, are chased around by Harpo.

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    Language: Not an issue

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    Consumerism: Not an issue

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    Drinking, drugs and smoking: Lots of cigars -- not just Groucho's.