Box art for Harry And The Hendersons

Harry And The Hendersons

children & family, comedy

A chance car accident introduces the Hendersons to the real-life Bigfoot, who is anything but a ferocious monster and quickly becomes a true friend to the family.

Rotten Tomatoes® scores

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common sense

ON for kids age 7
Sexy Stuff
0 out of 5
Violence & scariness
3 out of 5
0 out of 5
Drinking, drugs, & smoking
0 out of 5
3 out of 5
Positive messages
3 out of 5
Positive role models
1 out of 5

A big, Harry family adventure full of laughs.

what parents need to know

Parents need to know that the action scenes are kept cartoonish. The male Hendersons are avid hunters -- Grandpa Henderson owns a gun store and his son works there. Also, Mr. Henderson holds up a rabbit he's just killed as his son cheers; citizens arm themselves and go on hunting parties to kill Bigfoot. There's no blood and no one gets shot, but lots of guns and ammunition are shown. There are a few scuffles and minor fights. Some adults and one child swear, using many versions of "s--t."

what families can talk about

  • Families can talk about the legend of Bigfoot, and the variations of Bigfoot from around the world. Do you think it's possible that such a remarkable creature could remain undiscovered? If Do you think what the Hendersons experienced could really happen?
  • undisputable proof of Bigfoot's existence was finally uncovered, what are some of the things we might learn?
  • Some of the characters schemed to make money by capturing and exhibiting Harry the Bigfoot. How do you feel about that, and how does it compare to zoos? The circus?

movie reviews from Rotten Tomatoes®

Top Critic Reviews


- Derek Adams, Time Out, Saturday, June 24, 2006


- Desson Thomson, Washington Post, Saturday, January 1, 2000


- Hal Hinson, Washington Post, Saturday, January 1, 2000

Audience Reviews

3 stars

Harry and the Hendersons is an 80's classic. Not the big Steven Spielberg production it could have been, more of a welcome relief in fact. The TV show was pretty good too, Sunday afternoons of Harry and the Hendersons, Alf and then Dinosaurs were the happiest of my childhood. Harry was also a Predator, who knew!?

- SirPant, Monday, June 18, 2012

3 stars

One of my childhood favourites, so a nostalgic watch for me, still one perhaps kids would enjoy today. A fun re-watch.

- 76Majikat, Thursday, October 29, 2009

3 stars

an 80's classic. love that harry

- sanjurosamurai, Friday, November 23, 2007