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

4 stars

This movie shoots for the moon, more committed in its humor than any other comedy. Terrible acting normally contradicts this feeling of quality, but here it makes the script's surreal, off-the-wall sense of humor even better.

- fb1672039553, Saturday, September 10, 2011

5 stars

I had no idea what this movie was about when I first saw the cover, but when I started watching it I was amazed. I was thrilled, excited, beyond happy. There's comedy, amazing music, even Nazis falling through the Chicago skyline. Mesmerizing even thirty years later, you will love if you're a fan of SNL, Animal House, and Ray Charles. 'Nough said.

- FrizzDrop, Sunday, October 17, 2010