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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.

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common sense

ON for kids age 14
0 out of 5
Drinking, drugs, & smoking
3 out of 5
3 out of 5
Positive messages
0 out of 5
3 out of 5
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?

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3 stars

Outrageous, over the top Coen comedy populated with reactionary, but lovable, idiots.

- flixsterman, Thursday, September 10, 2009

4 stars

Slated on its release, this has now been established as a classic comedy of the finest calibre. Quite right too! The Coen brothers early comedy was just a taste of what was to come. Brilliant. Always wondered why they never cast Nicolas Cage again though!? Not that I'm complaining.

- SirPant, Wednesday, September 2, 2009

3 stars

Fantastic at first, but I really think the bounty hunter subplot isn't funny in the slightest and the movie's final-hour focus on him really drags it down. Still, the unmistakable Evil Deadian energies here keep Raising Arizona mostly madcap, One of several movies for your inevitable "remember when Nicolas Cage was good?" marathon.

- ceWEBrity, Friday, March 6, 2009