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With its Christmas lights and dusting of snow, Kingston Falls is an idyllic small town--until the gremlins take over. A father returns from Chinatown with an unusual pet, a Mogwai--a gift for his son. The rules are simple: Keep your Mogwai away from water, bright lights and, most importantly, never--never--feed him after midnight. But the rules are inadvertently broken, and the consequences multiply at an alarming rate.
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Rotten Tomatoes® Score
Critics Consensus: Whether you choose to see it as a statement on consumer culture or simply a special effects-heavy popcorn flick, Gremlins is a minor classic.
Little White Lies
Glenn Heath Jr.
Brilliantly potent social critique of Reagan-era fear-mongering and consumerism.
June 22, 2017
The humans are little more than dress-extras for the mechanics.
June 21, 2017
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Common Sense Says
Comic horror classic is still scary; some profanity.
What Parents Need to Know
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.
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The parents’ guide to what’s in this movie.
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- Genre:Comedy, Horror
- Release Date:June 8, 1984
- Audio Format:5.1
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