A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this movie.
No positive messages in cheesy '90s made-for-TV movie.
Positive Role Models
No positive role models in kitschy-bad made-for-TV movie.
Mostly White cast, two African American characters.
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Violence & Scariness
Political official assassinated at point-blank range, shot in the chest. Police officer shot and presumably killed; some blood. Shootout in a mall, character shot and killed by sniper. Man falls to death from the second level of the mall, shown dead on the escalator. Fighting with punches and kicks, head butts. Car explodes after being fired upon. Car chases and crashes.
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Infrequent mild profanity, including "damn," "crap," "bastard," "ass," "smart-ass," hell," "damn."
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Products & Purchases
Radio Shack mentioned by name.
Drinking, Drugs & Smoking
Brief flashback of characters drinking a toast. Michael Knight shown holding a beer bottle.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Knight Rider 2000 is a 1991 made-for-TV movie based on the popular 1980s television series. Expect standard 1980s-style TV action violence throughout. A politician is assassinated at close range, shot in the chest and killed. A cop is shot and presumed dead; some blood. A man falls to his death from the second level of a shopping mall, shown dead on the escalator. A shootout ensues in a shopping mall. One character is shot and killed by a sniper. Cops punched and knocked out. A car explodes after being fired upon. Unsurprisingly, there are car chases. Fighting with punches, kicks, headbutts. Infrequent mild profanity, including "damn," "crap," "bastard," "ass," "smart-ass," hell," "damn." Characters shown drinking a toast. To stay in the loop on more movies like this, you can sign up for weekly Family Movie Night emails.
Is It Any Good?
For fans of bad TV and cheesy made-for-TV movies from the era before The Sopranos heralded the so-called "Golden Age of Television," here's a goofy slice of questionable nostalgia. Knight Rider 2000 is a good barometer to show far television has come since the days when David Hasselhoff and a pompously-charming talking Trans-Am drove around LA busting bad guys, with the crime of the week solved by the end of the episode, two episodes tops. It's hilariously bad and corny, but not without some self aware humor to let the viewer know that the movie's creators are (mostly) in on the joke as well. It's set in the year 2000 (hence the title), and there's a genuinely funny reference to one "President Quayle" (best for parents alive at that time and history buffs of all ages), and a couple other references to contemporary (at the time) figures and events that show a spark of satire.
That said, the referential humor is easily overshadowed by scenes in which the "Knight 4000" takes the car chase to the next level by floating down the canals of the San Antonio Riverwalk. Or the barely-concealed smiles and laughs of the Banana Republic and Guess?-clad locals at the mall while Hasselhoff and bad guy/Hunter Thompson doppelganger Mitch Pileggi punch, kick, and headbutt their way across the mall's upper level. Or any scene that requires anything resembling emotional range on the part of the actors. Yes, it's bad, but yes, it also has some entertainment value and is enjoyable if only because they just don't make this kind of stupid escapist entertainment anymore. But it probably shouldn't evoke nostalgia -- quite the opposite. If anything, it should make one feel glad that television is less of the proverbial "vast wasteland" that it was 30 years ago.
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