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Recess: School's Out!

By Nell Minow, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 7+

Simply a TV episode blown up for the big screen.

Movie G 2001 82 minutes
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Along with Pixar, Studio Ghibli English dubs, and The Muppets, this is one of the only good things about Disney media. Plus, it’s super upbeat!

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This is simply an episode of the popular TV series blown up for the big screen; at best, it's innocuous fun and the show's creators have a gift for remembering details about being a kid. It has higher-quality music (including baby-boomer re-treads like "Born to Be Wild," and "Let the Sun Shine") and more expensive voice talent (James Woods as the bad guy, Robert Goulet for some songs). But the plot, dialogue, and animation are no better than the low standards of Saturday morning television.

Judging by the reaction of the kids in the screening I attended, it is a crowd-pleaser, especially when T.J.'s gang uses the ultimate kid weapons -- water balloons, silly string, etc. -- on the bad guys. The movie, like the show, is racially diverse and has girl characters who are smart, strong, and capable. The kids are loyal to each other and show cooperation and teamwork. On the other hand, the movie assumes that all children and teachers hate school and that there is nothing interesting to learn and no value from education. Adults are ineffectual, uninterested, or dim. And T.J. forces his big sister to help him by threatening to put her diary on the Internet.

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