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Three Amigos! Review

For Families provided by Common Sense Media

OK for kids 11+

Spoofy send up of Western films is OK for mature tweens.

What Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that the cracking sounds in this spoofy comedy aren't fireworks -- they're gun fire. Much of the action is played for humor, but in true Western-style shootouts, guys get shot and drop from rooftops and balconies with regularity, although without graphic consequences (no prolonged suffering or blood). Relationships between the heroes and they women they meet don't go beyond kissing, but the bad guy's desription of "forcing a woman's flower open" may give some viewers pause. Several scenes depict a dirty barroom filled with violent men drinking tequila.

  • Families can talk about the difference between violence in comedies and in action movies. Which has more impact? Why?
  • Why do the villagers think that the amigos are real gunfighters?How do the amigos' attitudes change when they realize that the banditsare shooting real bullets at them?
  • Is it believable that the amigos are ableto pull the villagers together to stand up against the bandits in thefinal showdown? Is believability even necessary for a comedy?

The good stuff
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    Messages: It's a comedy, but the movie does include the violent aspects of a Western -- including violence against women and the plundering of a village. But there's heart behind the amigos' movie-star facade.

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    Role models: The initially selfish Three Amigos (led by Ned) become selfless defenders of justice by the end of the film. They help people in need, no matter that they look like fools in the process.

What to watch for
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    Violence: Lots of Western-style shootings in which dozens of people are killed. No blood or gore, but a real emphasis on gunplay -- though much of it is played for humor. Graphic threats about killing. References to rape and forcing a woman to have sex under the threat of death (also presented within the context of the film's comedic tone).

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    Sex: Some exchanges/one-liners about sex. (For example: "You know what foreplay is?" an old woman asks the innocent Carmen. "No," she replies. "Good. Neither does El Guapo.") Kissing scenes.

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    Language: A few uses of words like "s--t," "d--k," "hell," "ass," "balls," and "damn."

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    Consumerism: Not an issue

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    Drinking, drugs and smoking: Upon arriving in Mexico, Dusty orders a beer but is given tequila instead. The guys then drink shots of tequila and make hilarious faces. Later in the movie, serious tequila drinking goes on among El Guapo's gang. Very drunken behavior follows.