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Raising Arizona

action & adventure, comedy


When a childless couple consisting of an ex-con and an ex-cop decide to help themselves to one of another family's quintupelets, their lives get more complicated than they anticipated.

Rotten Tomatoes® scores

  • Critic Score
    90%
  • Audience Score
    85%

common sense

ON for kids age 14
Consumerism
0 out of 5
Drinking, drugs, & smoking
3 out of 5
Language
3 out of 5
Positive messages
0 out of 5
Sex
3 out of 5
Violence
3 out of 5

A hysterically twisted film. Mature teens only.

what parents need to know

Parents need to know that the main characters in this movie are kidnappers and convicts. A kidnapped baby is and taken into perilous situations throughout, such as car chases, bank robberies, gunfights and the like. One character is a bounty hunter of sorts who blows up a rabbit with a hand grenade for fun. Nothing is terribly graphic in the movie, and it is all played for comedic value.

what families can talk about

  • Families can talk about what makes this movie funny. Kidnappings and bounty-hunters aren't usually treated so lightly -- why are they funny here? Can you think of other movies that make light of usually serious subject matter? Where do you draw the line between offbeat and truly tasteless territory?

movie reviews from Rotten Tomatoes®

  • Tomatometer®

    90%
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  • Audience

    85%

Audience Reviews

3 stars

Clearly, this isn't the most realistic story ever told. Opening up, the film seems almost serious, a description that very rarely fits its creators. Come fifteen minutes, it's as if we've just opened up Pandora's box. Everything is hectic and bizarre, dare I say enough that such latter works as Fargo and The Big Lebowski appear contained, bright walks in the park. Additionally, pacing is just about nonexistent, and the slight formula the Coens frequently use to craft subplots is somewhat identifiable, but only a skeptic would dare tear apart the film for these flaws. We're not looking at a David Lean or Cecil B. DeMille epic that aspires to do nothing but change the world. A believer would merely accept it at that and enjoy the maniacally well executed fun.

- spielberg00, Monday, October 15, 2012

3 stars

Clearly, this isn't the most realistic story ever told. Opening up, the film seems almost serious, a description that very rarely fits its creators. Come fifteen minutes, it's as if we've just opened up Pandora's box. Everything is hectic and bizarre, dare I say enough that such latter works as Fargo and The Big Lebowski appear contained, bright walks in the park. Additionally, pacing is just about nonexistent, and the slight formula the Coens frequently use to craft subplots is somewhat identifiable, but only a skeptic would dare tear apart the film for these flaws. We're not looking at a David Lean or Cecil B. DeMille epic that aspires to do nothing but change the world. A believer would merely accept it at that and enjoy the maniacally well executed fun.

- spielberg00, Monday, October 15, 2012

4 stars

One of the most criative and entertaining Coen's brothers film.

- fb100002359227440, Friday, September 14, 2012