Son of Flubber

Movie review by
Scott G. Mignola, Common Sense Media
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Fun, harmless sequel to the Disney classic.
  • G
  • 1963
  • 103 minutes

Parents say

age 2+
Based on 1 review

Kids say

age 5+
Based on 1 review

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A lot or a little?

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

Positive Messages

Implications of infidelity. Plus, the old man next door is a bit loose with his shotgun. A jealous Brainard plays a prank that endangers other's safety. Flubber gas is used to rig a football game.

Violence & Scariness
Sexy Stuff
Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that this film features a gun-crazy neighbor, implications of infidelity, and dangerous pranks. But mostly it's a benign retread of the original Absent-Minded Professor.

User Reviews

  • Parents say
  • Kids say
Adult Written byChuck Reid March 24, 2012

Just as bad as the first!

This movie was HORRIBLY gross! If you wanna throw up watch it!
Kid, 12 years old February 5, 2013

An O.K Sequel

I think it's O.K, but not as good as the 1st. It was a little boring, and it has some problems that weren't solved at the end. Kids might also think i... Continue reading

What's the story?

In this sequel, Fred MacMurray reprises his Absent-Minded Professor role as Ned Brainard, inventor of Flubber. Tyrant land developer Alonzo Hawk threatens to bulldoze Medfield College if the school doesn't pay back his loan. Professor Brainard wants to help, but with the government stalling on payment for his gravity-defying Flubber invention, he can't even settle a debt with the paperboy, let alone further his own research. Brainard is experimenting in his garage laboratory on Flubber Gas, which can gather up moisture and direct it at clouds to produce rain. It's a grand invention, but can it bring back his wife who's left in a huff, thinking he's smitten with another woman? Can it score a win for Medfield's inept football team, and keep Alonzo Hawk at bay? As it turns out, Flubber Gas does a lot of things that no one -- not even Professor Brainard --expected.

Is it any good?

While somewhat meandering, SON OF FLUBBER offers plenty of fun for kids and some entertaining diversion for adults. The two movies follow the same basic formula, in which a professor comes up with a revolutionary invention that not only bails his college out of its financial problems, but also helps its lame duck team score a win. That formula worked terrifically the first time. It might have worked again, with football taking the place of basketball, if the writers hadn't fumbled.

The movie starts slowly, setting up a number of situations that ultimately have no resolution. More than likely, none of this will bother younger viewers. They'll be entranced by Brainard's cloud-producing ray and an overinflated football player bouncing into the end zone.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about sequels, and how this movie compares to the original. Also, parents may want to use this movie to inspire their kids to make inventions of their own.

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