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The Gods Must Be Crazy


Aug 21, 1981

Latest Home Video

Feb 03, 2004

MPAA Rating



Paddy O-Byrne
Sandra Prinsloo
Marius Weyers


1981 Twentieth Century Fox

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When a tribe of African bushman find a piece of litter thrown from a plane, they assume it must be a gift from the Gods. That is until the soda-pop bottle starts to cause all kinds of trouble within their social order. But when Xixo (N!xau) decides to return the offering (by throwing it off the end of the Earth), he runs into even more problems -- in the form of civilized man.

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Why Is The Gods Must Be Crazy Rated PG?

The Gods Must Be Crazy is rated PG

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Overall: B+

When a littering pilot throws a soda pop bottle out his plane’s window and into the Kalahari Dessert below, he sets off a chain of evens that will bring the lives of an African Bushman, a research scientist, a volunteer schoolteacher and a political terrorist into collision. This quirky tale captures the clashing cultures of the people inhabiting the great continent with both humor and sympathy.

Violence: C

All the violence in this film is portrayed comically including: wildlife encounters like charging lions and rhinos, several characters hit by a soda pop bottle, a group of armed terrorists who break into a government meeting where they wound and kill several officials—armed guards return fire (some blood is shown), shootouts using automatic weapons, tanks and bazookas, a helicopter and a couple of jeeps that explode, an interrogated prisoner whose life is threatened, an armed robbery, a character unfamiliar with guns innocently pointing one at another character, an armored car crashing into a shed, a fleeing character shot in the thigh, armed men taking a group of students and their teacher hostage—gunfire is exchanged between captors, police and prisoners, a vehicle that is driven recklessly. Depicted sympathetically: two animals are killed (by arrows) for food.

Sexual Content: B

Bushmen are shown in native garb, which includes bare-cheek revealing loincloths and topless females (all in a non-sexual context). A character wears overall with a tear in the backside that reveals his underwear. After a male and female character fall into a river, the woman’s dress becomes fairly see-through. When removing their wet clothes (in separate parts of the forest) two characters are seen in just their underwear. When the changing female gets stuck in a thorn tree, the male character awkwardly tries to help her get free. A man’s attempts to protect a woman are mistaken for advances. A stumbling man tries to stand up, but gets his head caught under a woman’s skirt. A couple kisses.

Language: C

At Least: 24 mild and 5 moderate profanities (some others are implied, but uttered in foreign languages), 2 instances of name-calling, and 3 terms of deity used as expletives, as well as the name “Anti-Christ” being given to a problem-riddled vehicle.

Alcohol / Drug Use: B

Arrows are dipped in poison or sleep-inducing drug before being used. An elephant is given an injection. Two characters smoke pipes, and cigarette smoking is seen a couple of times. An Alcoholic drink is served.

Miscellaneous Concerns:

A mother is shown nursing her baby.

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The sequel to this movie is The Gods Must Be Crazy 2 . Agent Cody Banks is a lean, mean, teenaged spying machine…. who has a similar problem relating to members of the opposite gender. A glimpse of life in Africa can also be seen in the film Endurance, the story of an Ethiopian Olympic medallist.

Canadian Movie Ratings

Not Rated
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Canadian Home Video Rating: NA

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Details on home video releases of The Gods Must Be Crazy...

The Gods Must Be Crazy 1 and 2 release as a package to DVD on February 3, 2004.

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Jim-ski says: May. 11, 2012

Not a movie for families with young children. Unfortunately littered amongst the silly slapstick parts are occasional female nudity and underwear scenes. Not many but in line with typical English humor. I think the reviewer has glossed over this by calling them “non-sexual”.

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