A Goofy Movie

  • Review Date: July 29, 2003
  • Rated: G
  • Genre: Family and Kids
  • Release Year: 1995
  • Running Time: 78 minutes

Common Sense Media says

Even tweens will enjoy this road trip with Goofy.
  • Review Date: July 29, 2003
  • Rated: G
  • Genre: Family and Kids
  • Release Year: 1995
  • Running Time: 78 minutes

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What parents need to know

Educational value

Some true geographical references, such as Los Angeles, Idaho, Yosemite.

Positive messages

Goofy and Max are going through a rough patch, typical of adolescence, where trust, patience, respect, and discipline are all shifting borders in a new land. But the bond that they share is stronger than the challenges they withstand.

Positive role models

Goofy is an earnest, loving father, who wants his son to love and respect him. Once the pair iron out some communication issues, Goofy’s intentions are pure, and he acts according to his moral code of brotherly love.

Violence & scariness

Perilous scenes in a car, where Goofy and Max fall off of a cliff into a river. At one point, Max gets so frustrated with a mascot wearing a possum outfit that he punches him in the kisser. Pete bullies his son and encourages Goofy to do the same with Max.

Sexy stuff

Female characters wear slinky outfits and act seductively. Chaste kiss between teens. Shots of male characters wearing underwear or standing dressed in a towel. Shot of a baby’s bare bottom.

Language

"Butt." Also, Max is interrupted by a bystander when he says the word hell: “My life is a living he…” “...Hello little buddy.”

Consumerism

Disney cross-references pop up. Goofy has a Mickey Mouse telephone, and we see other Disney characters throughout the film. One character is a glutton for “cheddar-cheese whiz,” which comes in a very recognizable can.

Drinking, drugs, & smoking

Pete drinks beer, spitting it onto the TV screen when he sees Goofy and Max featured at a big concert.

Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that this father-son road-trip movie contains some chaotic, perilous moments. Max’s attitude is less than appreciative for much of the film -- but that’s the point. He is going through an awkward phase that Goofy is learning to cope with.

Parents say

Kids say

What's the story?

When a prank at school gets Max in trouble, Goofy decides that what Max needs is some quality time with his father. So he takes him on a fishing trip, not knowing that Max will have to miss his first date with his adored Roxanne, and that in order to get out of the date, Max has lied to Roxanne, telling her his father is taking him to a rock concert. It takes a while (and a run-in with Bigfoot) for Goofy and Max to start talking to each other instead of at each other. But they ultimately strengthen their connection and find a satisfying resolution.

Is it any good?

QUALITY
 

One of the great existential questions of childhood, memorably explored in Stand By Me, is "If Mickey is a mouse, and Pluto is a dog, what is Goofy?" Goofy may be in a class (and genus) of his own, as we see in the thoroughly enjoyable A GOOFY MOVIE. At the center of the story is Max, struggling through the torturous insecurity and self-consciousness of adolescence. Like all teens, he is humiliated by his father's goofiness. But the movie's great joke is that in this case, his father is not just goofy, he is Goofy, the Goof of all Goofs, the Uber-Goof!

Free of the pressures that sometimes smother the big Disney releases, this movie has a refreshingly casual feel, with some sly humor (look fast for a glimpse of Elvis at a remote lunchcounter), even daring to poke fun at Disney itself. The teen characters are contemporary without the prepackaged feel of other Disney productions (like "The New Mickey Mouse Club"), and there are lively songs performed by by Tevin Campbell. It's a shame that the G rating might scare off the film's optimal audience, the 10-14 age group. If you can persuade them to take a look, they will find much to enjoy and identify with.

Families can talk about...

  • Families can talk about parent-child communication. Why did it take so long for Goofy and Max to start talking to each other? Why did Max lie to Roxanne? Do you think that was a good idea?

Movie details

Theatrical release date:January 1, 1995
DVD release date:June 20, 2000
Cast:Bill Farmer, Jason Marsden, Jim Cummings
Director:Kevin Lima
Studio:Walt Disney Pictures
Genre:Family and Kids
Run time:78 minutes
MPAA rating:G
MPAA explanation:all audiences

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Kid, 12 years old May 17, 2011
AGE
6
QUALITY
 

Another Disney movie is a win-win for the entire family!

A great Disney movie! The entire family will love it. Not really a whole lot of problems with this movie. There are a couple of perilous scenes. For example, in one part Goofy and Max get chased by bigfoot through the woods. Another scene shows them falling off a cliff into a river and later almost diein a waterfall. Only Goofy fell but was luckly saved by Max. Some women dress in some semi reveiling clothing in one scene. In conclusion, I rate this movie on for ages 6 and up!
What other families should know
Too much violence
Too much sex
Adult Written bynduns May 17, 2010
AGE
7
QUALITY
 

A truly fun little piece of work.

This is a great movie, especially for fans of the character Goofy. This movie is very funny in many parts but also quite touching as the relationship between Goofy and Max can easily be compared to a lot of child/parent relationships. Admit it, you've all been in Max's shoes at one point or another, being forced on a vacation you'd rather not go on and ending up enjoying it after a while. What prevents this from being perfect is that at times, even for the short timeslot that this film had, it can feel a little patted out. Like, some scenes I just felt went on longer than they should have, but that's just a small gripe and doesn't stop this movie from being a truly worthwhile experience.
What other families should know
Too much violence
Great messages
Kid, 11 years old July 26, 2009
AGE
3
QUALITY
 
What other families should know
Too much violence

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