Shake, Rattle & Rock!
In the 1950s, rock 'n' roll was considered the devil's music. In this film, three teens -- Tony (Max Perlich), Susan (Renee Zellweger) and Cookie (Patricia Childress) -- defy popular belief when they start a dance show (hosted by Howie Mandel) and showcase an African-American girl group called the Sirens. Trouble brews when conservative parents (Nora Dunn, Mary Woronov) try to stop the show -- and instead end up inciting a rock 'n' roll riot!
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- Allan Arkush
- This movie is
PG-13Parents strongly cautioned. Some material may be inappropriate for children under 13.
Full Screen 1.33:1Subtitles
YesLanguage and sound
English: Dolby Digital 2.0 SurroundOther features
Color; interactive menus; scene access
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Common Sense Note
Parents need to know that Shake, Rattle and Rock! is a 1994 remake of the 1950s rock-'n'-roll comedy. Here, music-obsessed kids disobey their strict, Puritanical parents and break into song and bust a move whenever they get a chance. There's some sexual suggestiveness in discussions of sexual behavior, casual smoking, and lots of prankishness, but the real drawback is that it's a colorless rendition of what likely was a much more exciting era in reality -- like Grease without any of the wit, songs, or charm.
- Sexual Content
- Sexual innuendo throughout. A man hits on a woman and is rejected. A mother describes rock-'n'-roll as "African foreplay." A guy says he's going to "chase some skirt." Two girls discuss whether another girl is a "slut" or a "tease" or how often she has gotten "felt up." A couple demonstrates what "grinding" is by placing the boy's hands on the girl's behind, then simulating grinding.
- Minor scuffles between police and kids at a rock-'n'-roll show when a few kids are shoved or knocked to the ground. After a riot ensues, kids are shown smashing the windows of a car with a tire iron.
- Minor profanity, such as "what the hell." Era-specific terminology or sayings, such as "Negro."
- Social Behavior
- Shake, Rattle and Rock! offers positive messages about rock-'n'-roll as a worthwhile art form.
- Not applicable
- Drugs / Tobacco / Alcohol
- Casual cigarette smoking.
- Age appropriate
- Not an issue
- Depends on your kid and your family
- Not appropriate for kids of the age most likely to want to see it