A Goofy Movie

Movie review by
Nell Minow, Common Sense Media
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Popular with kidsParents recommend
Even tweens will enjoy this road trip with Goofy.
  • G
  • 1995
  • 78 minutes

Parents say

age 5+
Based on 6 reviews

Kids say

age 6+
Based on 11 reviews

A lot or a little?

The parents' guide to what's in this movie.

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 & Representations

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.

What 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.

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User Reviews

  • Parents say
  • Kids say
Parent Written byFrank M. October 4, 2017

Don't waste your time

Was hoping for some lighthearted Disney humor and was appalled at how the opening scenes of the movie (really the first 15-20 minutes) reinforce terrible "... Continue reading
Parent Written byHeather M. February 29, 2020
Teen, 15 years old Written byWilbur_2037 December 9, 2017

A Goofy Movie

This movie was a cute and dated film. And by dated I mean in a good way. I mean who doesn’t like the 90’s? Max is absolutely adorable and so is Goofy.
Some “wei... Continue reading
Kid, 12 years old July 23, 2019

My all time favorite movie!

This movie is AMAZING. And super nostalgic. I am so lucky to be able to see this movie, considering the date it came out and my age. It's super cute and th... Continue reading

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?

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!

Talk to your kids 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

For kids who love all things Disney

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