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A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this movie.
As a B-movie about a strange monster who pulls pranks to help make a kid's life better, there isn't much in the way of positive messages.
Positive Role Models
Although Munchie helps Gage stand up to bullies, his methods are neither realistic nor encouraged by anyone.
Violence & Scariness
Pratfalls. Characters are made to slip and fall. Some car chases. In the opening scene, a man is shown driving drunk.
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
Kissing, hugging, and flirtation among adult characters.
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"Kiss ass." Some name-calling from bullies along the order of "dweeb." During a scene in a locker room, the monster Munchie asks a male bully, "Where's your boyfriend?"
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Drinking, Drugs & Smoking
A man is shown driving drunk, resulting in losing control of his vehicle and spinning off the road. Adult characters drink champagne at dinner. The monster Munchie throws a party at the tween boy Gage's house, where there's a keg of beer from which characters are shown drinking.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Munchie is a 1992 movie featuring Dom DeLuise voicing a strange, Gremlin-style creature. It's almost a so-bad-it's-good type of kitschy movie, but the scenes of drunk driving, of keg beer served at what is supposed to be a party thrown by a tween, and the bullying make this one difficult to get through. Couple all that with bad special effects and a cliched story line, and not even lovers of "dumb" movies will find this one worthwhile. To stay in the loop on more movies like this, you can sign up for weekly Family Movie Night emails.
Is It Any Good?
MUNCHIE comes very close to being one of those "so bad it's good" kinds of films. Unfortunately, the cliches are too much, the comedy isn't funny enough, and some of the more inappropriate aspects of the film -- the bullying, name-calling, and drinking -- make it difficult to enjoy in any manner, kitschy or otherwise. Dom DeLuise tries his best, it seems, as the voice of the cheaply made titular monster, but all the ad libs in his arsenal can't change that this is simply a bad movie across the board.
Although the scene involving the pizza that levitates from the Italian restaurant to the tween boy Gage's house almost rescues this movie from being irredeemably awful, there's simply too much trite material and dated behavior going on to make it enjoyable for anyone.
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