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Many kids will enjoy this silly movie.
  • Rated: PG
  • Genre: Comedy
  • Release Year: 1994
  • Running Time: 94 minutes

What parents need to know

Positive messages

Stereotypes play a large role, the absent-minded Professor being the hero. There is very little diversity in the cast, no discussion of tolerance.


Some flubber-coated golf and bowling balls bash villians, a confrontation with bad guys ends in a Flubber-fuelled fist-fight.


Semi-nudity when the Professor accidentally enters a life-drawing class. Relationship issues.


Mild profanity. Two characters swear (Damn and Hell) very quietly. It is difficult to understand what they are saying.


The Professor sells his flying car to Ford.

Drinking, drugs, & smoking

Characters refer to moderate drinking.

Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that this movie has mild nudity (Professor Brainard stumbles into a life-drawing class), mild profanity (almost inaudible), a sad scene where a beloved robot "dies" and dubious ethics -- the film never confront issues of cheating and solving problems with violence.

What's the story?

FLUBBER tells the story of the stereotypical absent-minded Professor Philip Brainard (Robin Williams) who stumbles upon a formula for a mysterious substance that can bounce, stretch, fly. In the process he loses his fiancee (Marcia Gay Harden), the president of a college in financial trouble. Professor Brainard fights to win back his fiancee and fund the school.

Is it any good?


Overall this is a fun and entertaining movie -- there's lots for kids to enjoy.

Families can talk about...

  • Families can talk about ideas of stereotypes, the ethics of cheating, even for a "good" cause, and using violence as a means of resolving problems.

Movie details

Theatrical release date:July 6, 1994
DVD/Streaming release date:June 1, 2004
Cast:Jodi Benson, Marcia Gay Harden, Robin Williams
Director:Les Mayfield
Studio:Walt Disney Pictures
Topics:Magic and fantasy
Run time:94 minutes
MPAA rating:PG
MPAA explanation:mild language, mild scariness

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Kid, 10 years old September 24, 2009
Teen, 15 years old Written byTotally500 July 4, 2011

its a flubber

This Film is like one of the greatest movies ever go see it its a flubber
What other families should know
Great messages
Great role models
Kid, 12 years old April 9, 2008

I Hate it

It Is Aful I Wathed 20 Minits of It At Church And The Teacher Turned It Off It Is Gross