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.