Cops and Robbersons

MPAA Rating: PG

Entertainment: +3

Content: -1 1/2

In this clever comedy, Chevy Chase plays Norman Robberson, a mild mannered, clumsy father of three living in a suburban neighborhood. Norman brings home a veteran cop, Jake Stone (Jack Palance), and his young assistant, Tony. They want to use the Robberson's home as a stakeout to spy on a mobster hiding out next door. Norman's wife Helen (Dianne Wiest) reluctantly agrees to go along, and the kids see it as a grand adventure. Fascinated by police work, Norman thinks it's exciting too. All sorts of funny incidents happen, particularly when Norman decides to interject himself into the spying operations. Before long, Jack and Tony have become heroes and part of the family. Ultimately, the whole family has a hilarious showdown with the mobsters next door. COPS AND ROBBERSONS has lots of good wholesome laughs and will delight viewers across a broad age range.

Norman and Helen do their best to be good parents. They try not to be too concerned about their pre-school son who masquerades as Dracula and sleeps in a wooden box. This is somewhat disturbing, but most of the humor is harmless. However, in a suggestive, comical bathroom scene, male and female rear nudity are seen. Unfortunately, like many other PG films, the dialogue suffers from a number of obscenities and profanities. Jake is cynical and aloof and shuns the Robbersons' kindness. At times, though, he shows signs of softening. Although violence occurs in the form of a lethal explosion, fighting, gun threats, a gun shot injury and Norman accidentally slamming into a brick wall, it is not severe or bloody. Without the foul language, this would have been a fairly decent family comedy.

Preview Reviewer: John Evans
TriStar Pictures, 10202 W. Washington Blvd., Culver City, CA 90232

The following categories contain objective listings of film content which contribute to the subjective numeric Content ratings posted to the left and on the Home page.

Crude Language: Many (15) times - Mild 10, Moderate 5

Obscene Language: Several (6) times (s-words)

Profanity: Several (7) times - All regular (GD,J)

Violence: Many times - Moderate (man killed in explosion, hand fighting, man tied up, gun threats, shooting injury, striking, rough treatment, man accidentally slams into brick wall)

Sex: None

Nudity: Twice (comical male and female rear nudity)

Sexual Dialogue/Gesture: Once (comical scene in bathroom shower)

Drugs: None

Other: None

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Intended Audience: Age 10 and above

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