An Extremely Goofy Movie

Movie review by
Michael Scheinfeld, Common Sense Media
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Much juvenile humor and tongue-in-cheek.
  • G
  • 2000
  • 79 minutes

Parents say

age 7+
Based on 3 reviews

Kids say

age 5+
Based on 6 reviews

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A lot or a little?

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

Positive Messages

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

Violence & Scariness
Sexy Stuff

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

Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

What 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.

User Reviews

  • Parents say
  • Kids say
Parent Written byHeather M. February 29, 2020
Parent of a 10 and 11-year-old Written bymaddox121 June 11, 2016

I watched it on Netflix, but it's a little sad

It's a little sad but it's good for 6+
Kid, 9 years old January 20, 2020

An Extremely Goofy Movie Review

An Extremely Goofy Movie is a good movie. it features things like coming of age and to never give up but keep reading. In one scene a main antagonist gets hit i... Continue reading
Kid, 9 years old November 17, 2017

Some violence, but has good messages

This movie is great. Some violance, but not too much for little kids, although there is one scene with a fire. This may be intense for really young kids, but it... Continue reading

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?

This movie appropriates much of the plot of Rodney Dangerfield's Back to School, spices it up with an extreme sports subplot, 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.

Talk to your kids about ...

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

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