Information for Parents
Common Sense Media says OK for kids 13+
A riveting, rollicking Hitchcock suspense classic.
What Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that this Hitchcock suspense thriller offers mild suspense and several situations in which the lives of John, Francie, and other characters are at stake. Characters are shot at, chased in their cars, drive recklessly, and issued death threats. There's considerable 1950s-era sexism and women are treated as sex objects or paternally. John says at one point that he should "spank" a woman who disobeyed his orders.
- Families can talk about how you gain back trust after you've done something wrong. John is forever considered a jewel thief, even though he hasn't stolen in years. When you disappoint or betray the trust of someone in your family, do you feel like you'll never be trusted again? How do you gain back that trust? Families can also talk about the gender roles in the film. Are the men role models for how men should behave? Are the women role models for how women should behave? Why or why not?
The good stuff
Positive messages: Characters lie to each other and masquerade as someone other than themselves. John is accused of crimes he didn't commit. Plenty of '50s-era sexism on display.
What to watch for
Violence: One man dies and it's implied that he's hit with a wrench and strangled. There are several gunshots. A kitchen worker breaks a plate and comes at John menacingly. John's life is threatened several times, in person and through notes. John talks about having killed 72 people in World War II. There's also lots of car chases and one car crash, though no one is injured. One character nearly falls off a roof.
Sexy stuff: Lots of sexual innuendo and implied sexual activity, but little seen on the screen. Danielle flashes her legs to a police plane. John stares down a woman's cleavage. John and Francie kiss three times, and it's implied that they had sex.
Language: Not an issue
Consumerism: Not an issue
Drinking, drugs and smoking: Several characters drink wine, beer, and brandy at parties, dinner, and in their hotel rooms. John and Francie drink beer during a picnic in their car and drive afterwards. Jessie smokes.