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High Anxiety

comedy, romance

Borrowing liberally from ten Hitchcock films, Mel Brooks takes the case of a paranoid doctor with high anxiety (fear of heights) on the hunt for a mysterious blonde's father.

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common sense

ON for kids age 12
1 out of 5
Drinking, drugs, & smoking
2 out of 5
2 out of 5
Positive messages
0 out of 5
Positive role models
1 out of 5
2 out of 5
1 out of 5

Very very funny Hitchcock spoof with some adult humor.

what parents need to know

Parents need to know that this spoof on Hitchcock movies contains some adult themes, such as mental illness, bondage, and some violence (a fall from a great height and a gunshot wound). But since it's a spoof, the real Hitchcockian suspense and tension is replaced with silliness.

what families can talk about

  • Families can talk about fears and phobias. Dr. Thordyke is even afraid to ride an elevator. How does he manage his phobia? Do you have any phobias? How do you cope with them?
  • Comedies like this one can touch on some adult themes that might be over younger viewers' heads. Here are some tips about how to talk with kids about the adult content that they see in movies and television.
  • This movie is a spoof -- a parody of ten of Alfred Hitchcock's movies. Sometimes parodies make fun of things that some people think are too serious to be made fun of, like mental illness. Where do you think the line should be drawn?

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3 stars

Hitchcock parody film with Mel Brooks. Full review later.

- TomBowler, Saturday, August 21, 2010

3 stars

Mel Brooks' homage to Hitchcock that hits a little more than it misses. Cloris Leachman is at the top of her game, stealing every scene she's in. Funny stuff.

- flixsterman, Monday, July 12, 2010

4 stars

Awesome movie.VERY funny.Go see *Life Stinks* also

- dukeakasmudge, Monday, October 26, 2009