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Robin Hood: Men in Tights Review

For Families provided by Common Sense Media

Iffy for 13+

Slapstick spoof is not for little ones.

What Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that this film is full of Mel Brooks' classic off-color humor. He uses racial and gender in a satirical manner. Many jokes involve sexual innuendo.

  • Families can talk about the original story of Robin Hood stealing from the rich and giving to the poor. They could discuss women's place in society during medieval times, including the practice of forcing women to wear chastity belts. Finally, families could talk about the film's stereotyping of African-Americans, particularly noticeable in the opening song and dance routine. What were the filmmaker's intentions by including these scenes in the movie? Parents might want to discuss how older films portrayed black characters without irony, for example, The Jazz Singer.

The good stuff
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    Messages: Racial and gender stereotypes portrayed in a satirical manner.

What to watch for
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    Violence: Very staged comedic fight scenes.

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    Sex: Sexual jokes, partial nudity, discussion and images of chastity belt, and attempted rape scene.

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    Language: Occasional swear words.

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    Consumerism: Not an issue

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    Drinking, drugs and smoking: Not an issue