Parents' Guide to

Inspector Gadget 2

By Brian Costello, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 8+

Silly sequel has cartoonish violence, stereotyping.

Movie PG 2003 88 minutes
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A Lot or a Little?

What you will—and won't—find in this movie.

Community Reviews

age 7+

Based on 2 parent reviews

age 8+
age 6+

Not at all funny.

Cheesy, only violent scene is a brawl-in a bar with a bunch of thugs.

This title has:

Great messages
Too much violence
Too much drinking/drugs/smoking

Is It Any Good?

Our review:
Parents say (2):
Kids say (8):

INSPECTOR GADGET 2 is not without its good points. There's enough slapstick and silliness to keep kids entertained, and for parents who grew up on the cartoon, the movie adheres to the original characters and tropes that made this mainstay of '80s childhood enjoyable in the first place. French Stewart is clearly having some fun in the role of Gadget, and somehow manages to add a bit of depth to the character as Gadget faces the difficulties of losing his job as a detective while feeling an attraction to the Gadget 2 model that has been created to take his place.

Where the movie falls short is when it dives head-first into the most awful of cliches: namely the beyond worn-out African-American catchphrases gratuitously shoehorned in by the Gadgetmobile. Such trite writing calls attention to the bland and predictable formula employed throughout the entire movie, and ultimately prevents it from being more entertaining than it could have been.

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