In this consumer culture parody, professional wrestler "Rowdy" Roddy Piper plays an unemployed working stiff who inadvertently finds a pair of sunglasses that allow him to see the world as it truly is. Billboards carry subliminal messages such as "Submit to Authority," and yuppies are actually aliens who are bent on subduing the human race. Before you can say, "Die, yuppie scum!" Piper grabs a gun and starts blasting.
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- John Carpenter
- This movie is
RRestricted. Under 17 requires accompanying parent or adult guardian.
Widescreen Anamorphic 2.35:1Subtitles
English, Spanish (Neutral), FrenchClosed captioned
YesLanguage and sound
English: Dolby Digital 2.0 SurroundOther features
Color; interactive menus; scene access; trailer.
Common Sense Note
Parents need to know that They Live is a 1988 John Carpenter movie in which an unemployed drifter (played by "Rowdy" Roddy Piper) comes across a special pair of sunglasses in which he sees that yuppies and many police officers are actually aliens trying to colonize the earth through subliminal messages in advertising. Though this is a campy, satirical, and wildly entertaining classic of a B-movie, there's also quite a bit of violence, including an exaggerated fistfight between two of the lead characters. Police move in on a homeless encampment, striking people with billy clubs. Police fire machine guns on a meeting of humans resisting the alien colonization; many are shot and killed. A woman is naked from the waist up while having sex. Frequent profanity, including "f--k" and its variations.
- Sexual Content
- Sex scene -- woman is naked from the waist up, straddling and moaning.
- A fistfight between two characters goes on for a ridiculous amount of time; some blood. Police move in on a homeless encampment and strike people with billy clubs. Characters do battle with machine guns. Police open fire on a meeting of those resisting the aliens; many are shot and killed. A man is thrown out of a second-story window, falls to the ground, but isn't as injured as one might think.
- Frequent profanity: "f--k" and variations, "ass," "s--t," "bitch."
- Social Behavior
- Through satire, this movie questions consumer culture, materialism, and greed.
- Consumerism is satirized; when a man puts on a special pair of sunglasses, he sees the real messages behind TV commercials, billboards, magazine ads: "Obey," "Marry and Reproduce," "Consume," "Stay Asleep," and so on. Colt 45 ads.
- Drugs / Tobacco / Alcohol
- Occasional beer and alcohol consumption, but no one acts drunk.
- 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