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The Fly

The Fly
The Fly
The Fly
  • R
  • 1h 36m
  • 1986
Certified Fresh93%
Common Sense Media Iconage 16+
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A scientist on the verge of an important discovery finds himself transforming into a fly when his experiment goes awry.
© 1986 Twentieth Century Fox Film Corporation. All rights reserved.

Rotten Tomatoes® Score

Certified Fresh93%
Critics Consensus: David Cronenberg combines his trademark affinity for gore and horror with strongly developed characters, making The Fly a surprisingly affecting tragedy.
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Common Sense Media

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Common Sense Says
Classic '80s horror has some violence, gory moments.

What Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that The Fly is a 1986 classic horror remake in which Jeff Goldblum plays a scientist who transforms into a fly. Like other horror movies directed by David Cronenberg, this movie has plenty of horror and nightmare imagery. As Goldlbum's character becomes more and more fly-like, he becomes increasingly grotesque, both physically and in his behavior. He rips an ear off and rips his teeth out, for instance, and that's just the beginning. As he realizes he has the strength of a fly, he goes to a dive bar and arm-wrestles one of the men in the bar, breaking his arm so the bone rips out of the skin. He later vomits on a hand, causing the man to lose his hand in graphic burning and melting. A baboon is killed during a science experiment -- literally turned inside-out with only smoldering muscle tissue left. There's some profanity, including "f--k," plus cigarette smoking and some drinking. There are also some scenes between the lead female character and her boss/ex-boyfriend that constitute sexual harassment. Lead characters have sex, with very brief nudity (female breast) in the aftermath; the lead female character is also shown greeting the lead male character with her legs spread open.

A Lot or A Little?

The parents’ guide to what’s in this movie.
Positive Messages
Positive Role Models
Drinking, Drugs & Smoking
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Additional Info

  • Genre:Sci-Fi, Horror
  • Release Date:August 15, 1986
  • Languages:English
  • Captions:English, Spanish
  • Audio Format:
  • Screen Pass Eligible:Yes
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