Box art for The Blues Brothers

The Blues Brothers

action & adventure, comedy

After the release of Jake Blues (John Belushi) from prison, he and brother Elwood (Dan Aykroyd) go to visit the orphanage where they were released by nuns.

Rotten Tomatoes® scores

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common sense

PAUSE for kids age 15
0 out of 5
Drinking, drugs, & smoking
3 out of 5
3 out of 5
Positive messages
0 out of 5
0 out of 5
3 out of 5

A cult classic for adults and older teens.

what parents need to know

Parents need to know that main characters Elwood and Jake Blues steal, destroy property, attempt to run people over, cheat people out of money, lie, drink, and smoke. In other words, kids -- especially teenage boys -- will find them irresistibly cool. There's lots of profanity and violence played for laughs.

what families can talk about

  • Families can talk about how Elwood and Jake's morals are -- or aren't --reflected in their behavior. For instance, they want to save the orphanage they grew up in, but they lie, cheat, and steal to raise the money. Is the damage they cause justified by their goal?

movie reviews from Rotten Tomatoes®

Top Critic Reviews

Rotten: The humor is predicated on underplaying in overscaled situations, which is sporadically funny in a Keaton-esque way but soon sputters out through sheer, uninspired repetition.

- Dave Kehr, Chicago Reader, Tuesday, April 1, 2008

Rotten: This essentially modest movie is reported to have cost about $30 million, and what did all that money buy? Scores of car crashes. Too many extras. Overstaged dance numbers. And a hollowness that certainly didn't come cheap.

- Janet Maslin, New York Times, Monday, August 30, 2004

Rotten: A demolition symphony that works with the cold efficiency of a Moog synthesizer gone sadistic.

- Richard Corliss, TIME Magazine, Wednesday, August 20, 2008

Audience Reviews

4 stars

Absolute classic, no other words can say more, the music, performers, comedy, car chases, its almost historical because of the performers alone. The fact that Aykroyd and Belushi were able to perform as an actual band after this shows how good they were...and the movie.

- phubbs1, Thursday, May 21, 2009

5 stars

John Belushi and Dan Aykroyd star as the titular characters in this very first SNL spin-off...and they're "on a mission from God"? Okay, really. That line is uttered as early as fifteen minutes into the film, and with all the recklessness, drugs, profanity (quite infamously toward a nun!), and crime we have a chance to laugh at in just that amount of time; there's no way that statement is true in any way. That statement has to be one of the most snappy, most unbelievable quotes in movie history; and it's just part of what made THE BLUES BROTHERS a cult classic. Like SATURDAY NIGHT LIVE itself, this film has the tendency to create the most bizarre satire imaginable. From the scene in which the two are crashing a car through the mall, to when Aretha Franklin gets up and starts singing out of the blue, every moment defines the essence of ridiculousness. If you have not yet seen this film, it is an absolute must-see. Aykroyd and Belushi make the most implausible, most sarcastic screen couple of the entire 1980s--and this was just made at the very start of the decade. Rent this for a night or two. You will not regret it.

- spielberg00, Sunday, October 9, 2011

4 stars

Were on a mission from God. Hilarious and great music, a classic.

- DreamExtractor, Wednesday, August 17, 2011