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Master of Disguise



A messy disappointment for Dana Carvey fans.
  • Review Date: May 18, 2003
  • Rated: PG
  • Genre: Comedy
  • Release Year: 2002
  • Running Time: 80 minutes

What parents need to know


A lot of hitting.


Crude humor, including flatulence, vulgarity.



Not applicable
Drinking, drugs, & smoking
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Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that Master of Disguise is vulgar and dumb. Pistachio is fascinated with women who have large rear ends, and he makes suggestive jokes when a character serves appetizers ("do you have a little wiener and tiny nuts?"). He disguises himself as a cow patty. And slapping an opponent while yelling "Who's your daddy?" is a way of showing manliness and competence. Pistachio himself is a annoyingly disturbing character, an odd child-man with an inexplicable accent and an unforgivable haircut.

What's the story?

Carvey plays Pistachio Disguisey, the youngest in a family with magical powers to transform themselves. His father (James Brolin) never told him of the family's secret because he wanted to protect him. So little Pistachio does not know why he has a Tourette-like compulsion to imitate everyone he sees. When his parents are captured by bad guy Devlin Bowman (Brent Spiner), who suffers from intestinal distress whenever he tries his evil laugh (now are you laughing?), and it is up to Pistachio to save the day. Pistachio's grandfather (Harold Gould) arrives to give him a few quick lessons in transformation and self-defense.

Is it any good?


This misbegotten mess of a movie is a terrible disappointment for fans of Dana Carvey. It is also a disappointment for fans of comedy and fans of movies. It really is hard to imagine how the talented Carvey can have taken what sounded like a can't-miss premise and missed so completely. Carvey's genius for impressions is utterly wasted. So is his charm. So is his time. So is ours.

Weak references to classics like "The Exorcist," "Star Wars," and other oldies will have no meaning to kids. Audience members old enough to recognize Jesse Ventura, Jessica Simpson, and Bo Derek might enjoy their brief cameos. But even at less than 70 minutes, the movie feels endless, with an extended post-credit sequence that just adds insult to injury.

Families can talk about...

  • Families can talk about how being able to imitate someone requires very careful observation.

Movie details

Theatrical release date:August 2, 2002
DVD release date:January 28, 2003
Cast:Brent Spiner, Dana Carvey, Jennifer Esposito
Director:Perry Andelin Blake
Studio:Columbia Tristar
Run time:80 minutes
MPAA rating:PG
MPAA explanation:bathroom humor

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Kid, 10 years old March 9, 2013

Watch This Now!!!!!!!

One of the funniest movies ever!!! Great movie for families!!! Has some very funny moments like- "who's your daddy?,TURTLE,sooo crazy it just migt work!, I'm going to be a master of disguise!, Dees ees what you are doing, dees ees what I want you to do!"
What other families should know
Great role models
Too much violence
Too much sex
Adult Written byapplebutter December 7, 2012

Skip This Movie

Don't let your kids watch this movie! It is excruciatingly bad. There are many, many inappropriate jokes. Even though a young kid might think some of the slapstick is funny, the inappropriateness outweighs any value. Women are objectified in this movie, especially their large backsides. There are juvenile sexual innuendos throughout. Italians are portrayed badly- the main character's name is actually "Pistachio." The storyline doesn't make any sense. There are no positive role models. Skip this vulgar, unfunny movie.
What other families should know
Too much violence
Too much sex
Too much swearing
Kid, 10 years old May 15, 2010

Nice for kids of all ages

Violence: The Disguises have hand-to-hand mortal combat with Bowman's henchman. Sexual Content: Pistachio tells a girl he is a virgin and has never kissed a girl.
What other families should know
Too much violence
Too much sex
Safety and privacy concerns


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