The Beatles: Help!
The lads from Liverpool light up the big screen in this delightful 1965 spy movie spoof that finds the mop tops traveling the globe to escape some religious fanatics intent on reclaiming a sacrificial ring stuck on Ringo's finger. Co-stars Eleanor Bron, Victor Spinetti and Leo McKern add to the zaniness, while the film's fantastic soundtrack features some of the Fab Four's most memorable hits, including the title track and "Ticket to Ride."
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- Richard Lester
- This movie is
NRNot rated. This movie has not been rated by the MPAA.
Full Screen 1.33:1Subtitles
NoLanguage and sound
English: Dolby Digital 5.1Other features
Color; interactive menus; scene access.
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Common Sense Note
Parents need to know that this movie is replete with playful fighting and slapstick violence, including some "don't try this at home" moments, like when George clings to the roof of a speeding car. There's more than a little bit of insensitive racial/religious stereotyping in the villains, a bunch of (mostly Anglo) actors playing robed cult fanatics from India, but just about all the characters are cartoon caricatures, including the Beatles themselves.
- Sexual Content
- One girl seen topless from the rear getting bathed. One background belly dancer.
- Lots and lots of playful roughhouse-fighting, even escalating up to combat with tanks. Ringo (and others) are threatened continually with human sacrifice via a nasty Bowie knife, yet no blood is shed.
- Not applicable
- Social Behavior
- The Beatles are thoroughly laid-back and whimsical about their predicament, and always help out their mates. The cult members are politically incorrect racial stereotypes of Indians and Hindus, but most of the Anglo characters are exaggerated British types, too. The leading lady is a heroic rescuer-figure.
- Products and tourist destinations, many from yesteryear. Of course, the Beatles' music itself is a product.
- Drugs / Tobacco / Alcohol
- Brief verbal reference to "happiness pills." Of course, parts of the movie are borderline "trippy."
- 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