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.
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."
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 /
Occasional beer and alcohol consumption, but no one acts drunk.