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Common Sense Media says
Much juvenile humor and tongue-in-cheek.
ON: Content is age-appropriate for kids this age.
PAUSE: Know your child; some content may not be right for some kids.
When Goofy's teenage son, Max, heads off to college, his father's pining for him at work results in his being fired. Finding that he can't easily land a new job because he never finished college himself, Goofy decides to join Max at school and finally get his diploma. Max is, of course, mortified. At school, Max and his friends enter an extreme sports competition, and Goofy is recruited by their spiteful competition, the Gamma House fraternity. However, when Goofy discovers that the Gammas won the preliminary competition by cheating, he teams up with Max and helps his son win the championship.
Is it any good?
AN EXTREMELY GOOFY MOVIE appropriates much of the plot of Rodney Dangerfield's Back To School, spices it up with a subplot involving extreme sports, and adds Disney's trademark sentimentality and superfluous songs. The movie deals with Goofy as much as it does Max, spending time on his 1970s pop culture obsession (he shows up on campus sporting a white polyester leisure suit and Afro!) and his budding romance with a disco-loving librarian. While the film deals with the importance of education, of not cheating, and staying focused on one's goals, many of the hijinks seem like obvious and ultimately ineffectual attempts to show how hip Disney's cartoons can be. Max's rowdy roomies, P.J. and Bobby (annoyingly voiced by Pauly Shore), may help attract some teen viewers.
Although it's harmless and has its heart in the right place, the movie features less-than-exemplary character traits which would never have been found in the classic Goofy cartoons of the '40s and '50s (Here's Goofy!). From watching this film, kids might think that college students do nothing but sleep in class, go to beatnik coffee bars, and practice skateboarding. The animation here is less sophisticated than Disney's theatrical films, but features some amusing and stylish touches, such as a psychedelic dream sequence in the style of Yellow Submarine, and a school dance that Goofy turns into a disco inferno.
Explore, discuss, enjoy
Families can talk about what really goes on in college. Do students really play all day and frequent coffee bars all night?
This can't compete with A Goofy Movie, for sure. A Goofy Movie had a lot of memorable original songs, and although the music is great in this movie, it's not original music-- it's a bunch of pop/disco-y type of songs from maybe the 60s or 70s, not Disneylike really. But don't get me wrong-- this is a very good movie! It's got its sad moments, its funny moments. I really like it.
In this cute film made by Disney, youngsters will learn the meaning of that growing up doesn't mean you live your own life. Freshman college student Max, Goofy's son, goes off to college, therefore depressing his father too much. Goofy will eventually lose his job. In order to get a better job, Goofy goes back to college with his own son! Max is humiliated by his father and that splits those two apart, especially during the College X Games. Children will learn that no matter how old you are, you will always be your parents' son/daughter, which is a very important life lesson. Positive messages are sent out; you kind of have to read between the lines. Finally there are positive role models, such as Goofy, because he always loved his son, even though Max gets hard on his dad. In conclusion, An Extremely Goofy Movie is great for all ages.
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