A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this movie.
As a mostly faithful re-creation of the very silly 1960s cartoon series, the humorous puns and slapstick pratfalls trump any attempts at positive messages.
Positive Role Models
While inept and prone to slapstick clumsiness, Dudley Do-Right is a forthright Canadian Mountie dedicated to protecting the citizens of Semi-Happy Valley from the trepidations of Snidely Whiplash and his minions, despite turning into the "bad guy" for a part of the movie.
Violence & Scariness
Frequent cartoonish violence and slapstick pratfalls. Characters shoot guns and rifles, and fire cannons at each other. A character gets hit in the head twice by a large rock at close range before getting hit in the groin by a rock.
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Drinking, Drugs & Smoking
Characters are shown drinking in a bar. One character drinks and acts intoxicated -- stumbling, falling, yelling -- and is shown hung-over the next day.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Dudley Do-Right is the 1999 live-action movie starring Brendan Fraser as the beloved Canadian Mountie from the classic 1960s cartoon. While, like the cartoon, there are lots of puns and slapstick, there's also some humor that could be inappropriate for younger kids. For instance, a pigeon lands on Snidely Whiplash's head and defecates; also, a recurring joke shows Dudley Do-Right's horse audibly passing gas. Aside from this, there is some drinking -- one of the main characters acts very drunk then is shown waking up the next morning moving slowly, moaning, and complaining about his hangover. There is also cartoonish violence with guns and cannons. To stay in the loop on more movies like this, you can sign up for weekly Family Movie Night emails.
Is It Any Good?
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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