Parents' Guide to

Mr. Magoo

By Brian Costello, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 10+

Silly live-action '90s remake of cartoon; pratfalls abound.

Movie PG 1997 88 minutes
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Community Reviews

age 15+

Based on 2 parent reviews

age 18+

Disappointed, commonsense !!

The rating of this movie from this website is disappointing. There were women in provocative bikinis at a bath house acting like prostitutes. There was a woman with a high-slit dress doing high kicks where you could see her underwear. Plenty of suggestive sexual innuendos throughout the movie.

This title has:

Too much sex
Too much swearing
age 12+

Not worth watching

This movie was childish despite not a single child being present in the film. The slapstick comedy yields a few laughs. The title character is an old rich man with impaired eyesight, and the premise of the film is that due to his disability, he acts like a buffoon. Definitely not ageist at all...speaking of bad messages, the female characters are quite objectified and one of the male characters dresses in brownface as an Indian man. I'd be embarrassed to show this film to children. There are much better old slapstick comedies out there to see, don't bother with this one.

Is It Any Good?

Our review:
Parents say (2):
Kids say (1):

Like so many of the 1990s real-life adaptations of classic animated series, this movie doesn't really offer anything new from the source material. With the cartoon, dating back to 1949, and its abundant slapstick and pratfall violence already in existence, this version seems superfluous. And with the cartoon itself having a very limited premise -- an elderly wealthy man whose extreme nearsightedness creates havoc everywhere he goes -- there simply isn't much room for a more contemporary humor or dry-humored self-awareness that was possible in, say, 2000's The Adventures of Rocky and Bullwinkle.

On its own terms, there's enough slapstick and action (as frenzied and occasionally confusing as it is at times) to be entertaining. Leslie Nielsen certainly plays Mr. Magoo to the hilt, and many of the character's idiosyncrasies and grunted reactions to what he thinks is happening are funny. But so much of the humor derives from Magoo being near-blind -- a stereotyping that was perfectly acceptable in the mid-20th century, but not so much years later -- and that may make some families uncomfortable. At least the movie has a disclaimer at the end informing viewers that Mr. Magoo is fictional and not intended to be seen as an example of visually impaired people, and that the visually impaired can and do lead full and productive lives.

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