• PG
  • 1h 47m
  • 1987
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Comic genius Steve Martin delivers an incredible performance as an engaging small town fire chief who has only one tiny flaw - no, make that one Huge flaw - his astonishingly long nose. Although he considers it no laughing matter, the hilarity never stops as C.D. Bales (Martin) contends with jerky nose jokes, a bumbling crew of firemen, and his secret love for gorgeous astronomy student Roxanne (Daryl Hannah). Unfortunately, she is attracted to fireman Chris (Rick Rossovich), who's tall on looks and short on conversation. And when C.D. agrees to coach the dumbstruck Chris in his pursuit of the fair maiden, this ticklish triangle dissolves into a hilarious series of rib-tickling romantic misadventures. A contemporary love story of mistaken identity and unrequited love, Roxanne is an unforgettable comedy that Siskel & Ebert call a comic masterpiece.
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Rotten Tomatoes® Score

Critics Consensus: Though its sweetness borders on sappiness, Roxanne is an unabashedly romantic comedy that remains one of Steve Martin's funniest.
Variety Staff

In the end it's hopelessly sappy stuff.

June 21, 2017
Time Out
Geoff Andrew

Far and away [Martin's] richest film to date, lyrical, sweet-natured, touching, and very, very fun...

June 21, 2017
New York Times
Janet Maslin

The nose itself is a perfect prop for a man who began his career with a fake arrow through his hea...

June 17, 2017
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Common Sense Media

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Common Sense Says
Charming '80s romantic comedy has innuendo, swearing.

What Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that Roxanne is Steve Martin's update of the classic play Cyrano de Bergerac. It's sweet and charming and ultimately has a worthy message about having to believe in yourself to find true love. This 1987 romantic comedy also is edgier than its PG rating might suggest. There's frequent innuendo (some related to the size of Martin's character's nose) and talk of sex (including fleeting oral-sex references), as well as a scene in which costar Daryl Hannah runs around naked after being locked out of her house (no sensitive body parts are shown, but she's clearly nude). Characters also swear ("s--t," "a--hole") and drink socially. Martin's character is sensitive about his unusual facial feature, and he kicks, punches, and otherwise manhandles some of those who insult him. Two of the main characters collaborate on a deception that hurtfully misleads another, but truth and honesty eventually rule the day.

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Additional Info

  • Genre:Comedy
  • Release Date:June 19, 1987
  • Languages:English
  • Captions:English
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