The North Avenue Irregulars

1979 G 1h 40m DVD

The North Avenue Irregulars

1979 G 1h 40m DVD
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Sometimes, taking a bite out of crime means getting involved, and the six church ladies in this wacky comedy, along with their new minister (Edward Herrmann), aren't afraid to kick some butt -- especially when the underworld moves into the neighborhood. These feisty amateur sleuths are ready to fight back hard! A cast of talented character actors -- including Alan Hale, Patsy Kelly, Cloris Leachman and Karen Valentine -- provides a ton of laughs.
Edward Herrmann, Barbara Harris, Cloris Leachman, Patsy Kelly, Susan Clark, Virginia Capers, Michael Constantine, Dena Dietrich, Douglas V. Fowley, Steve Franken, Karen Valentine
Bruce Bilson
Widescreen 1.66:1, Pan-and-Scan 1.85:1
Spanish (Neutral), French
English: Dolby Digital Mono
G - All ages admitted. Nothing that would offend parents for viewing by children.
age 8+
Common Sense rating OK for kids 8+
age 8+

Common Sense Note

Parents need to know that this mild madcap comedy from 1979 is full of silly car chases, one explosion where no one is hurt, and that's about it. The incompetence of some stereotyped church ladies turned sleuths generates most of the laughs; it's all pretty harmlessly funny except when men call them "ding-a-ling dames" and "stupid broads."

Sexual Content

Two quick kisses. A scene where all the men are gambling in boxer shorts because the dry cleaner is pressing their pants in the front of the store. When Minister Hill gets tossed out he wears only boxers home. One of the ladies dresses provocatively in a bar.


A few shots are fired, but it's mostly car chases and rather silly car crashes in the finale. The church explodes with no one inside. Gamblers threaten the minister. A woman punches her fiance and a man falls from the church roof into a blanket unhurt.


Negative talk about the sleuthing female characters using phrases like "ding-a-ling dames" and "dumb, stupid broads."

Social Behavior

At one point Minister Hill explains why he sticks to his guns and goes after the gambling ring saying, "The church should be a moral force in the community." In general the message is that sitting by and watching a crime happen may be easier but it isn't right.


Not applicable

Drugs / Tobacco / Alcohol

A woman orders a margarita, which is eventually thrown in someone's face. A couple of drinks requested or offered but not taken.

  • 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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