An Extremely Goofy Movie

  • Review Date: September 8, 2005
  • Rated: G
  • Genre: Family and Kids
  • Release Year: 2000

Common Sense Media says

Much juvenile humor and tongue-in-cheek.
  • Review Date: September 8, 2005
  • Rated: G
  • Genre: Family and Kids
  • Release Year: 2000





What parents need to know

Positive messages

College students do little more than sleep in class, go to beatnik coffee bars, and practice skateboarding.

Violence & scariness
Not applicable
Sexy stuff
Not applicable
Not applicable

Disney aggressively markets a wide array of licensed products based on its characters.

Drinking, drugs, & smoking
Not applicable

Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that college is depicted as a nonstop party, but the story contains messages about fair play and not quitting.

Parents say

Kids say

What's the story?

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.

Families can talk about...

  • Families can talk about what really goes on in college. Do students really play all day and frequent coffee bars all night?

Movie details

Theatrical release date:February 29, 2000
DVD release date:February 5, 2002
Cast:Bebe Neuwirth, Bill Farmer, Jeff Bennett
Director:Mary Harron
Studio:Walt Disney Pictures
Genre:Family and Kids
Topics:Sports and martial arts
Run time:79 minutes
MPAA rating:G
MPAA explanation:General Audiences

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Teen, 14 years old Written by96grlpowrCE June 18, 2010

Nice movie!

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.

Kid, 11 years old Written bySanjay407 July 18, 2009

Awesome movie!!!!!

What other families should know
Too much consumerism
Great role models
Kid, 11 years old Written byHomer1776 April 5, 2009

Big Max!

Max appears in Goofy's daydream, and destroys the table, and empowers Goofy. This is one violence scene. Still, great movie!

What other families should know
Too much violence


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