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A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this movie.
Intended to entertain, not educate.
Aside from the generic concept that good defeats evil, there's no real takeaway message here.
Positive Role Models
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.
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Some name-calling and stand-in swear words: "shoot," "imbecile," "butt."
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Drinking, Drugs & Smoking
Chief Quimby smokes a pipe in every scene.
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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. To stay in the loop on more movies like this, you can sign up for weekly Family Movie Night emails.
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.
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