Shake, Rattle & Rock!

1994 PG-13 1h 23m DVD

Shake, Rattle & Rock!

1994 PG-13 1h 23m DVD
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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!
Renée Zellweger, Howie Mandel, Patricia Childress, Max Perlich, Latanyia Baldwin, John Doe, Nora Dunn
Allan Arkush
Full Screen 1.33:1
English: Dolby Digital 2.0 Surround
PG-13 - Some material may be inappropriate for children under 13. Parents are urged to be cautious. Some material may be inappropriate for pre-teenagers.
age 13+
Common Sense rating OK for kids 13+
age 13+

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 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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