Child's Play

1988 R 1h 27m DVD

Child's Play

1988 R 1h 27m DVD
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Before being gunned down by cops, a serial killer transfers his soul into the body of a chubby toy doll named Chucky, who ends up as a present for 6-year-old Andy. When a rash of murders ensues, only Andy understands that Chucky is the culprit.
Catherine Hicks, Chris Sarandon, Alex Vincent, Brad Dourif, Dinah Manoff, Tommy Swerdlow, Jack Colvin, Neil Giuntoli
Tom Holland
Full Screen 1.33:1
English, French
English: Dolby Digital 2.0 Stereo, French: Dolby Digital 2.0 Stereo
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 14+
Common Sense rating OK for kids 14+
age 14+

Common Sense Note

Parents need to know that this could have gotten a PG-13 rating if it weren't for the F-words. There are a few killings, the violence mostly of an unreal horror-flick variety (an electrocution victim gets charred and bloody, like hamburger). Some kids do have fears about dolls coming to life -- Poltergeist exploited this phobia superbly -- and younger kids might be scared by visuals of a vicious killer doll (though when the diminutive Chucky hurls himself at victims older kids will probably be able to laugh it off). Sequels grew even more bloody and twisted, but also more satirical over time.

Sexual Content

Not applicable


An unusually low body count, but Chucky still attacks and maims with a knife, a bat, even his teeth. One character shot to death, another electrocuted until his face becomes hideously charred. Voodoo magic breaks limbs. Explosions and reckless driving.


The F-word a few times, the S-word, "S-O-B," a woman called a "slut."

Social Behavior

While Andy and his protective mother are ostensibly admirable characters, the mechanics of the plot depict most of the adult world as domineering and threatening, with authority figures (like a psychologist) who refuse to believe Andy and put the innocent lad in even greater harm's way.


Products are fictitious, but you remember toys (like Teddy Ruxpin) who bear a certain mild resemblance to the Chucky "Good Guy" doll. Yes, there are "Chucky" action figures for sale now.

Drugs / Tobacco / Alcohol

One character smokes, and there is a brief visit to a boozy Skid Row neighborhood.

  • 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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