Police Academy: Special Edition

1984 R 1h 36m DVD

Police Academy: Special Edition

1984 R 1h 36m DVD
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In a less-than-brilliant flight of fancy, the mayor decides the police academy will be open to all applicants. Of course, his decree opens the floodgates to a swarm of oddballs and sad sacks who have no business protecting and serving anything.
Steve Guttenberg, Kim Cattrall, G.W. Bailey, Andrew Rubin, Bruce Mahler, Bubba Smith, David Graf, Debralee Scott, Donovan Scott, George Gaynes, Leslie Easterbrook, Michael Winslow
Hugh Wilson
Widescreen Anamorphic 1.85:1
English, Spanish (Neutral), French
English: Dolby Digital Mono, French: 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 17+
Common Sense rating OK for kids 17+
age 17+

Common Sense Note

Parents need to know that Police Academy is a classic of '80s cop-spoof films but it is not for kids. The sophomoric humor is rooted in one-dimensional character stereotypes, and there is frequent profanity, as well as nudity, sex, and violence. Furthermore, unlike similar '80s movies like Airplane!, Meatballs, and Caddyshack, Police Academy's "so dumb it's funny" brand of comedy hasn't aged well. Parents looking to share with their kids the '80s movies of their youth are encouraged to look elsewhere.

Sexual Content

Women are shown naked from the waist up while showering. A rear end is shown. A character asks another character if he and his wife "do it doggie style." Two scenes with strongly implied oral sex. Two characters are sent to a gay bar, where patrons dress in leather and force the characters to dance with them. A female character jumps on top of a male character in his room and removes her shirt, while demanding he have sex with her.


Lots of comic slapstick including fistfights, a motorcycle crash, falling headfirst into the backside of a horse. Verbal bullying. A riot breaks out. Rioters are shown looting, brandishing sticks. Gun play between members of the police academy and "the bad guys." Misfired guns throughout.


Frequent profanity: "crap," "d--khead," "s--t," "a--hole," "goddamn," "pissant," "numbnuts," "son of a bitch," and "f--k." One of the antagonists makes two racial slurs. Another antagonist makes a homophobic pun of another character's last name. Another character says that "sleeping is for fags."

Social Behavior

While an argument could be made that the film has a message of "You can be anything you want to be if you put your mind to it," that message is easily lost in the maelstrom of stupid comedy.


Early in the film, a Kodak photo booth is featured prominently.

Drugs / Tobacco / Alcohol

Characters are smoking cigarettes throughout. During a party characters are shown smoking, drinking, and acting drunk.

  • 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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