While a comedy in which the two lead characters are constantly on the wrong side of law and order, the movie teaches an appreciation for jazz, blues, and rhythm and blues music by giving prominent roles and musical sequences to many of these genre's most celebrated performers, as well as through the legendary studio musicians who back up the Blues Brothers' live performances, and the music they listen to in their car in their flophouse hotel room.
Comedic violence in many scenes. A nun slaps the Blues Brothers repeatedly with a ruler due to their bad language, culminating in Jake falling down steep stairs while still in a too-small school desk. Over-the-top car chases, in a shopping mall, and, later, from a summer resort town in Wisconsin to the Loop in Chicago involving The Blues Brothers pursued by literally hundreds of police vehicles. A blind man who runs a music store fires a gun at a young boy attempting to steal a guitar. A country and western group who had a gig stolen from them by the Blues Brothers pursues them in their touring Winnebago and fires a rifle at the Blues Brothers' vehicle. Neo-Nazis also chase after the Blues Brothers and shoot at them. A woman jilted at the altar by one of the Blues Brothers follows them and detonates explosives, fires a rocket launcher, and shoots a machine gun at them, resulting in one instance in a building being destroyed.
While stuck at a gas station, Elwood Blues propositions an attractive English woman (Twiggy) to meet him at a motel at midnight. She is later shown waiting for him.
An older African-American man tells the Blues Brothers that if the orphanage closes, he will be "just another ["N" word] on the street." Use of "f--k" and its variations. "Bulls--t." "S--t." "Piss." "Damn." "Peckerhead." In a soul food diner off of Maxwell Street in Chicago, a waitress tells her husband working in the kitchen about the "honkies" at the counter and what they ordered.
During a ludicrous car chase through a shopping mall, the Blues Brothers point out various stores in the mall, such as Pier One Imports, and other now-defunct stores.
Drinking, Drugs & Smoking
Cigarette smoking. The bass player is always smoking a pipe. Whiskey drinking, shot drinking.