Inspector Gadget's Biggest Caper Ever

Movie review by
Joly Herman, Common Sense Media
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Wowzers, this silly caper is hampered by poor CGI animation.
  • NR
  • 2005
  • 66 minutes

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A lot or a little?

The parents' guide to what's in this movie.

Educational Value

Intended to entertain, not educate.

Positive Messages

Aside from the generic concept that good defeats evil, there's no real takeaway message here.

Positive Role Models & Representations

Inspector Gadget is an upbeat guy who fights evil and cares about his niece Penny in his spacey way. Penny herself is smart and resourceful.

Violence & Scariness

All about bombs and their detonation -- they're the cartoonish, bowling ball variety, but they work. Inspector Gadget loses his head a couple of times thanks to the work of the bomber. Some dangerous driving moments and perilous falls.

Sexy Stuff

Some name-calling and stand-in swear words: "shoot," "imbecile," "butt."

Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

Chief Quimby smokes a pipe in every scene.

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that there are plenty of explosions in this movie, many perpetrated by a character called Bomb Boy, who tells a kid that "crime pays." Most of the wackiness is slapstick in nature, but parents might find that the movie's weaknesses outweigh its worth.

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Kid, 12 years old November 29, 2015
Teen, 13 years old Written byMalachiT April 12, 2014

The Description has an Error, but TRUST me.

The Content of the MPAA (Motion Picture Association of America) has issued a "NOT RATED" on the movie.

I think it should be a "G" because,... Continue reading

What's the story?

Inspector Gadget (voiced by Maurice LaMarche) is looking for the evil villain Dr. Claw (Brian Drummond), who has escaped from jail, when he happens upon a gigantic dinosaur egg. When the egg hatches, the Inspector and his crime fighting gang try to keep it from becoming Claw's agent of world domination. Of course, Gadget bumbles his way through the investigation, but his many gadgets help him find his way out of desperate trouble.

Is it any good?

This addition to the Inspector Gadget franchise feels like an afterthought -- if simply because the CGI animation is so poorly executed. The gadgets look tired, the expressionless characters do nothing to help the mediocre dialogue, and the silly moments are ham-stringed by the stagy design.

The idea that Inspector Gadget is trying to recruit a giant dinosaur to help him with his juggling routine is zany enough to remind viewers of funny Gadget episodes. And Bernie Mac's guest appearance as the voice of the Gadget Mobile lends the movie a little professional credibility, but fans will be disappointed in this effort because it lacks the zip and vim of the TV show.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about villains. Dr. Claw is a villain whose face we never see. Does that make him scarier? Are there villains in real life?

  • Inspector Gadget bumbles through his days, trying to solve crimes, but much of his good luck has to do with his gadgets. What kind of gadgets do you have that help you?

  • Inspector Gadget uses his cell phone while he's driving. What could he learn from these tips on appropriate cell phone use?

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