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Top Gun

action & adventure, drama, romance

Top Gun takes a look at the danger and excitement that awaits every pilot at the Navy's prestigious fighter weapons school.

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common sense

PAUSE for kids age 12
0 out of 5
Drinking, drugs, & smoking
3 out of 5
3 out of 5
Positive messages
1 out of 5
Positive role models
1 out of 5
3 out of 5
3 out of 5

Exciting Tom Cruise classic has some intense scenes.

what parents need to know

Parents need to know that Top Gun is a blockbuster thriller that's chock full of narrow escapes, chases, and battles -- just what older tweens and teens love to see. But parents beware: There are also some violent and upsetting scenes, chiefly the death of a main character, which make it intense for younger kids (especially in the 3-D version). There's one graphic-for-its-time sex scene, though no nudity, and in one iconic scene, there are quite a few naked male torsos on a beach volleyball court. Winning is the most important thing to all the pilots, who try to intimidate one another with plenty of posturing and banter -- though when push comes to shove, loyalty and friendship have important roles to play, too. While sexism is quite noticeable, two strong female characters help keep some of the objectification in check.

what families can talk about

  • Families can talk about whether they believe the moral of the story: "There are no points for second place." Is winning all that matters? What would you jeopardize to win?
  • Who do you think Top Gun is aimed at, audience wise? How do you think it might be different if it had been made today?
  • Do you think it was right for Charlie to pursue a romantic relationship with Maverick?

movie reviews from Rotten Tomatoes®

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Top Critic Reviews

Rotten: This movie gets worse with time.

- Cole Smithey,, Thursday, June 24, 2010

Fresh: Watchable but rarely enthralling...

- David Nusair, Reel Film Reviews, Wednesday, July 7, 2010

Rotten: Noisy, slick, and shallow, Tony Scott's MTV-like actioner became emblematic of 1980s blockbusters, reflecting in its macho bravado and cheap elitism the mood of the Reagan era; in the process, it also made Tom Cruise the biggest star of his generation

- Emanuel Levy, EmanuelLevy.Com, Thursday, June 24, 2010

Audience Reviews

2 stars

Top Gun has been hailed and adored by film fans and critics alike. This is a picture than boosted recruitment in the Navy. Everyone Talks about Top Gun as a fine action film that is just super cool. Well, it is, and isn't. There are things that work here and there like fun action scenes which is what this flick is all about, however most of the time relies on sketchy performances that really don't deliver anything effective to compliment the action. Rewatching Top Gun, I realize that it actually is a decent picture, but is never anything grand, or beyond enjoyable because everyone gives this one more praise than it actually deserves. This film is decent and fun, but in the long run there are far more accomplished action films out there than Top Gun. Half the time, I felt Iceman and Maverick were in love and it was OK, well I get it, now what? Let the rivalry cool off, before the happy ending with the high fives all around and hugs, and wicked quotes and to top it off an awesome sing along of you lost that lovin feeling. This was nonetheless a fun little flick, but it really lacks in terrific plot and effective character chemistry. Everything here is almost cringe worthy and this decent for what it is, but it's not anything special. As far as a guy flick is concerned, Top gun doesn't deliver as much as such outstanding classics as The Dirty Dozen, Alien, Blade Runner and Escape From New York. Fun, but leaves a lot to be desired. Tom Cruise made better films than this, and there are far superior movies out there than this. Tony Scott would also deliver better actioners and I think that despite all the fun, mindless action, Top Gun is truly overrated and doesn't deserve to be on a pedestal as "the greatest film ever made".

- TheDudeLebowski65, Friday, November 16, 2012

3 stars

Guilty pleasure + Tom Cruise with aviator glasses.

- emilebond007, Friday, October 22, 2010

3 stars

Val baby as Iceman, coolest role literally, that was bad. Tom pre-scientology, love it.

- Chiefilms, Tuesday, May 4, 2010