A Fish Called Wanda

1988 R 1h 48m DVD

A Fish Called Wanda

1988 R 1h 48m DVD
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A crooked foursome commits the heist of the century and is about to get away with it until the London police arrests one of them. Can the three on the lam persuade their comrade's lawyer to reveal the stolen loot's location?
John Cleese, Jamie Lee Curtis, Kevin Kline, Michael Palin, Maria Aitken, Tom Georgeson, Patricia Hayes, Geoffrey Palmer, Cynthia Cleese
Charles Crichton
Widescreen 1.85:1, Pan-and-Scan 1.33:1
English, French
French: Dolby Digital Mono, English: Dolby Digital Mono
R - Under 17 requires accompanying parent or adult guardian. Contains some adult material. Parents are urged to learn more about the film before taking their young children with them.
age 16+
Common Sense rating OK for kids 16+
age 16+

Common Sense Note

Parents need to know that this fast-paced heist comedy from some of the folks behind Monty Python's Flying Circus isn't intended to provide positive messages or role models -- just to be funny. Much of its humor is of the envelope-pushing variety: There's sadistic treatment of a stuttering character, dogs and fish are killed, guns are wielded, and characters are roughed up and targeted for murder. There's also a fair bit of strong language (including "f--k" and "s--t"), some simulated sex, infidelity, kissing, explicit sex talk, and a scene in which a man is shown naked from behind. Characters frequently betray and double-cross each other; they also get away with crimes without being punished. But it's all presented in a comic way, so as long as they're ready for edgy, British-flavored humor, mature teens should be able to handle it.

Sexual Content

Simulated sex, with frequent allusions to sexual attraction and arousal. Lots of kissing and making out; in one scene, a male character is shown naked from the rear (he's also shown from the front, but there's a strategically placed object blocking his groin). Infidelity.


Mostly cartoon-ish gunplay, but it sometimes gets a bit brutal. Lots of threats. One character tries to engineer situations in which an old woman will be killed; when the schemes go awry, her dogs pay the price. Some hitting/tackling and rough treatment of characters.


Language is strong and colorful ("f--k," "a--hole," "s--t," etc.) but not constant.

Social Behavior

There's not really any positive message to be found here, unless it's that love can be found in unexpected places. But that's secondary to the constant double-crossing, lying, stealing, cheating, betraying, and other iffy stuff.


Not applicable

Drugs / Tobacco / Alcohol

Limited casual drinking and smoking by adults.

  • Age appropriate
  • Not an issue
  • Depends on your child and your family
  • Parents strongly cautioned
  • Not appropriate for kids of the age

This information for parents is provided by Common Sense Media, a non-profit organization dedicated to improving kids' media lives.

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