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®

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

2 stars

Quite frankly I think I'm one of those people who just doesn't get it. There were some funny moments (forcing the Nazis over the bridge for one), but overall I found it pretty dull.

- newvogueravyn, Sunday, December 12, 2010

3 stars

img]] This cult classic is both funny and full of quirky charm, despite it's unnecessary length, and a few of it's comedy sketches going to desperately over the top, which consequently misfires some of the gags. However, it's the comedic chemistry and energy shared between Dan Aykroyd and the hilarious late John Belushi that makes it work, along with of course, the catchy soundtrack. It's not a solid movie, in fact it's one of the messiest comedies i've ever watched, but I dont care, it's your rare stupid comedy that ends up being lot of fun to watch.

- aquateen2, Saturday, June 2, 2012