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A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this movie.
Some true geographical references, such as Los Angeles, Idaho, Yosemite.
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.
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
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.
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"Butt." Also, Max is interrupted by a bystander when he says the word hell: “My life is a living he…” “...Hello little buddy.”
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Products & Purchases
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.
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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. To stay in the loop on more movies like this, you can sign up for weekly Family Movie Night emails.
Is It Any Good?
Free of the pressures that sometimes smother the big Disney releases, this movie has a refreshingly casual feel, with some sly humor, 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.
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!
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