Parents' Guide to

Fat Albert

By Nell Minow, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 7+

Cosby cartoon comes to life in tween-centered story.

Movie PG 2004 90 minutes
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What you will—and won't—find in this movie.

Community Reviews

age 13+

Based on 1 parent review

age 13+

Hey! Hey! Hey!

It's Fat Albert! This movie is very funny and really cool.It is a live action movie based on one of the best cartoons of all time.

Is It Any Good?

Our review:
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Kids say (13 ):

The storytelling in FAT ALBERT is so gentle that it barely registers, made up of disconnected moments almost as though it was limited to the brief skit-like segments of the old cartoon show. What little narrative momentum builds up is quickly dissipated without being resolved. Music video star and valet/stylist to rap stars Farnsworth Bentley has a nice cameo as a clothing store salesman, but it is unlikely that his participation will matter to the intended audience for this film.

Cosby appears as himself to talk to Fat Albert and in a poignant epilogue at the grave of the real Fat Albert, again not something that will be very meaningful to the children in the audience. The children might also be concerned about why Doris' mother and father are not around and what happened to her foster sister's family. As Fat Albert and his friends stay in the real world too long, they start to fade away. But by then the movie itself seems faded. The film feels muddled and unsure of its audience, as out of its time as Fat Albert and the gang.

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