Pause for kids 16 & under
Sophomoric '80s cop-spoof has profanity, sex, stereotypes.
What Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Police Academy is a classic of '80s cop-spoof films but it is not for kids. The sophomoric humor is rooted in one-dimensional character stereotypes, and there is frequent profanity, as well as nudity, sex, and violence. Furthermore, unlike similar '80s movies like Airplane!, Meatballs, and Caddyshack, Police Academy's "so dumb it's funny" brand of comedy hasn't aged well. Parents looking to share with their kids the '80s movies of their youth are encouraged to look elsewhere.
- Families can talk about the characters in the movie. What makes them funny or not? Are stereotypes ever funny? When does comedy go too far?
- What are some aspects of the film that root it firmly in the 1980s?
- What similarities and differences do you see in this film compared to other comedies from the '80s? What about compared to more modern comedies?