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Who Framed Roger Rabbit Review

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Critics scores range from 0 to 100, with higher scores indicating more favorable reviews.

  • 5.0

    out of 100

    Universal acclaim
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  • 100

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    The New York Times Elvis Mitchell

    A film whose best moments are so novel, so deliriously funny, and so crazily unexpected that they truly must be seen to be believed. [22 June 1988]

  • 100

    out of 100

    USA Today Mike Clark

    If it isn't flawless, neither is "Fantasia"... Here's a live-action/animated marvel with no screen antecedent; “Chinatown” may actually come closest. [22 June 1988]

  • 100

    out of 100

    Chicago Sun-Times Roger Ebert

    The movie is funny, but it's more than funny, it's exhilarating.

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  • 100

    out of 100

    Los Angeles Times Sheila Benson

    Dense, satisfying, feverishly inventive and a technical marvel… But--animation aside--the treasure of the piece is Hoskins' pungent, visceral comic performance. [22 June 1988]

  • 100

    out of 100

    Chicago Tribune Dave Kehr

    Brilliantly funny, bracingly smart and surprisingly moving. [22 June 1988]

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For Families provided by Common Sense Media

Iffy for 10+

Deceptively mature movie mixes fun with guns, innuendo.

What Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that some of the nuances of the storyline and much of the film's innuendo-laden humor will go right over children's heads. Several scenes feature cartoon violence including one where characters are thrown into "the dip" (an acid-like concoction that will "erase" toons). A live-action character is shot on screen (no blood), and someone is run over by a steamroller. Also, adult language used by the live-action characters includes "son of a bitch" and "bastard." Silly double entendres proliferate ("I'm not bad, I'm just drawn that way.") and Jessica Rabbit is highly sexualized.

  • Families can talk about the mix of live action and animation, which this movie pioneered. Did you like seeing the mix of animated and live-action characters? What do you know about how the film was created? As successful as this film was, why are there not more similar films?
  • Did the violence in the movie ever feel scary? Does violence with animated characters seem less dramatic? If so, why is that?
  • What was your reaction to Jessica Rabbit's character? Is she playing a stereotype? What is the effect of sexualized female characters in the media?

The good stuff
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    Messages: A primary theme is that things are not always as they appear and people are not always who they seem to be. The mix of sexuality and animation in Jessica Rabbit's character might be confusing to some kids.

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    Role models: Private detective Eddie Valiant (also an alcoholic) hates all toons since one killed his beloved brother. But once he lets go of his prejudices, Eddie ends up being the only human in Toontown to help the segregated toons claim their rightful territory. Roger the Rabbit is a playful, lovable character who maintains a sweet, youthful innocence and finds humor in the worst of times. Jessica Rabbit's primary characteristic is her sexuality.

What to watch for
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    Violence: Several scenes feature cartoon violence that borders on the sadistic and the surreal. Characters are thrown into "the dip" (an acid-like concoction that will "erase" toons), a live-action character is shot on screen, and Judge Doom is run over by a steam engine.

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    Sex: Silly double entendres proliferate, including character Baby Herman's reference to his inability to pursue his adult nurse being the result of having "50-year-old lust and a 3-year-old dinky." Jessica Rabbit has a voluptuous figure and wears very revealing clothes. Everything she does exudes sexiness, even when playing "patty-cake" with a director.

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    Language: Adult language used by the live-action characters includes "son of a bitch" and "bastard." Derogatory remarks are made against the toons.

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    Consumerism: Classic Chevrolets line the streets, Acme labels are lurking around every corner, along with Wild Turkey whiskey, the main character's favorite drink.

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    Drinking, drugs and smoking: The main character is an alcoholic and drinks heavily throughout the day. Smoking is also prevalent.