1981 R 1h 46m Blu-ray / DVD


1981 R 1h 46m Blu-ray / DVD
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After losing everything, an indolent sad sack impulsively joins the U.S. Army and cajoles his best friend into enlisting, too. But after making it through boot camp, the duo find themselves in the midst of an international incident.
Bill Murray, Harold Ramis, Warren Oates, P.J. Soles, Sean Young, John Candy, John Larroquette, John Voldstad, Judge Reinhold
Ivan Reitman
Blu-ray DVD
Widescreen 1.85:1
French, English
French: Dolby Digital 2.0 Stereo, English: Dolby Digital 2.0 Stereo
Widescreen 1.85:1
English, English SDH, French, Spanish (Castilian), German, Spanish (Neutral), Portuguese (Brazilian), Turkish
English: Dolby Digital 5.1, German: Dolby Digital 5.1, French: Dolby Digital 5.1, Spanish (Castilian): Dolby Digital 5.1, Portuguese (Brazilian): 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. 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 1981's Stripes is comic mayhem with a young Bill Murray reprising the cheeky hapless character he created for television's Saturday Night Live and in Meatballs and Caddyshack on the big screen. This time, Murray takes his deft comic arrogance into the U.S. military, dragging BFF and frequent playmate Harold Ramis into the fray along with him. It's typical fish-out-of-water fare, with some rapid-fire cartoon action; sexy, big-breasted women (some of those big breasts are bare); and enough bawdy language ("f--k," "s--t," "p---y," "ass") to earn MPAA's R rating. Slapstick and exaggerated violence include a mini-war with armed Russian troops (explosions, gunfire, flamethrowers, armored tanks) and the usual falls, bonks, and mishaps. The "ditzy," voluptuous mud-wrestling "girls" are almost balanced by some coolheaded, female army MPS, but woman-as-sex-object scenes tip the scales in 1981's direction. The film's often-funny, juvenile humor would appeal to even young teens, but the language and nudity make it problematic for those audiences.

Sexual Content

Typical 1981 sexual antics: leering men, scantily clothed women, comic seductions, a Peeping Tom, "ditzy" females, embracing, kissing. Partial nudity in several scenes with bare female breasts, much leg, naked girls in shower. Mud-wrestling focuses on curvy females in a variety of suggestive poses. Two couples have sex off camera; some mild foreplay, and some post-sexual behavior.


Cartoon action: falls, punch-outs, injury-free brawls, wild car rides, falls. A final sequence is a comic shoot-out between Russian troops and a bumbling platoon of U.S. army: explosions, gunfire, flamethrowers, tanks, mortar fire. Weapons are fired; bodies fly.


Frequent swearing, obscenities, insults: "f--k," "s--t," "balls," "hell," "ass," "son-of-a-bitch," "crap," "p---y," "suckhole," "gutless punk," "idiot," "homo," "bum."

Social Behavior

Even nitwits can find redemption.


Yellow Cab, Stewart Dry Goods, Raisin Bran, Schlitz beer, Yuban coffee, GMC.

Drugs / Tobacco / Alcohol

Occasional drinking in bar, beer at home. Some smoking. Giggling young man solicits drugs.

  • 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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