Information for Parents
Common Sense Media says Iffy for 15+
A cult classic for adults and older teens.
What Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that main characters Elwood and Jake Blues steal, destroy property, attempt to run people over, cheat people out of money, lie, drink, and smoke. In other words, kids -- especially teenage boys -- will find them irresistibly cool. There's lots of profanity and violence played for laughs.
- Families can talk about how Elwood and Jake's morals are -- or aren't --reflected in their behavior. For instance, they want to save the orphanage they grew up in, but they lie, cheat, and steal to raise the money. Is the damage they cause justified by their goal?
The good stuff
Positive messages: Jake and Elwood lie, cheat, and steal to get what they want, but eventually pay the price.
What to watch for
Violence: Explosions, threatened violence, and death, shooting at Jake and Elwood, but all comic.
Sexy stuff: Not an issue
Language: Considerable cursing, even at a nun.
Consumerism: Not an issue
Drinking, drugs and smoking: Lots of smoking and drinking.