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Master of Disguise

Movie review by
Nell Minow, Common Sense Media
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A messy disappointment for Dana Carvey fans.
  • PG
  • 2002
  • 80 minutes

Parents say

age 8+
Based on 8 reviews

Kids say

age 8+
Based on 14 reviews

A lot or a little?

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


A lot of hitting.


Crude humor, including flatulence, vulgarity.



Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

What 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.

User Reviews

  • Parents say
  • Kids say
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 s... Continue reading
Parent of a 9 and 13 year old Written byIvory121 February 5, 2011
Okay, I'll admit it's a bad movie, but I do not believe that it was meant to amuse adults (I hope). It's fairly harmless and makes my 9 year old... Continue reading
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 wor... Continue reading
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... Continue reading

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.

Talk to your kids about ...

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

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