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Dudley Do-Right

By Brian Costello, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 10+

'90s live-action remake of '60s cartoon has iffy humor.

Movie PG 1999 83 minutes
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Like pretty much all the movies made in the late 1990s that tried to remake classic and campy cartoons from the 1960s, the problem with DUDLEY DO-RIGHT is that it's not as good as the original. While the effort is made to evoke the humorous puns and the slapstick pratfalls of the original, the central problem comes down to the title character. While all the other actors play up their cartoonish personalities, one wishes Brendan Fraser had played Dudley a little more over-the-top, a little more forthright, a little more...Canadian.

Still, as an introduction to the legendary Jay Ward cartoon series, it isn't bad. There are plenty of comedic tropes and chestnuts freely recycled from the original, even if some of the more contemporary attempts at humor seem gratuitous, if not obnoxious.

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