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Young Frankenstein Review

For Families provided by Common Sense Media

OK for kids 10+

Brooks' corniness yields plenty of belly laughs.

What Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that kids will hear a lot of bawdy humor and sexual innuendo, including a scene at the end that suggests Madeline Kahn's character has slept with the monster. Frederick says "What great knockers" to Teri Garr's character, supposedly referring to the door's knockers.

  • Families can talk about parody. Is this film seemingly patterned after old horror films? How does it differ? Beneath the obvious ridiculing of old horror films, do you detect any sort of fondness for the genre?
  • Why was the monster originally rejected by the town's people?

The good stuff
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    Messages: Though an obvious parody of the horror genre the film presents a much happier ending than Shelley's original tale. The monster is accepted by the villagers, the Dr. finally admits his heritage and everyone lives happily ever after.

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    Role models: Characters are stereotyped exaggerations.

What to watch for
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    Violence: Not an issue

  • sex false3

    Sex: Bawdy humor and sexual innuendo, including a scene at the end that suggests Madeline Kahn's character has slept with the monster. Plus a few racy jokes: Frederick says "What great knockers" to Teri Garr's character, supposedly referring to the door's knockers.

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    Language: A few comically hurled curses.

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    Consumerism: Not an issue

  • drugsalcoholtobacco false0

    Drinking, drugs and smoking: Not an issue

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