A gadget salesman is looking for a special gift for his son and finds one at a store in Chinatown. The shopkeeper is reluctant to sell him the "mogwai" but sells it to him with the warning to never expose him to bright light, water, or to feed him after midnight. All of this happens and the result is a gang of gremlins that decide to tear up the town on Christmas Eve.
Writer: Chris Columbus
Director: Joe Dante
Producer: Steven Spielberg, Frank Marshall, Kathleen Kennedy, Michael Finnell
Cast: Phoebe Cates, Corey Feldman, Judge Reinhold, Glynn Turman, Hoyt Axton, Polly Holliday, Edward Andrews, Scott Brady, Jonathan Banks, Frances McCain, Zach Galligan, Keye Luke, Dick Miller, Jackie Joseph
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This PG rated movie may seem like a family friendly option, however parents should be aware that Gremlins came out before the PG-13 rating was instituted. Along with some mild sexual innuendo and a handful of profanities, the film contains some gory and violent depictions that would likely push it solidly into higher category, were it to be re-rated today.Click here to read the full review
Parents need to know that Gremlins has many scary scenes, including a mom chopping up a Gremlin with a kitchen knife, a Gremlin-in-blender, and indelible Gremlin-in-microwave scenes. Parents and movie buffs alike may be interested to know that, along with Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom, Gremlins prompted the creation of the PG-13 rating. Also, a heads' up: Even though this movie isn't intended for kids young enough to really still want to believe in Santa, just in case: Phoebe Cates' character gives a memorable speech about how she found out that St. Nick wasn't real. There is also a lot of salty language; much more profanity than you may remember.Click here to read the full review
This is an 80s Christmas/Halloween classic. Between the antics of the local townsfolk and the inevitable chaos that ensues with the gremlins, this is entertaining and funny, from beginning to end. Be warned, the language, violence, and disturbing imagery are way to strong to just be PG. This is a solid PG-13 without a doubt. The amount of swearing was unnecessary in my opinion.September 29th, 2011 · Details