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The Computer Wore Tennis Shoes

By Joly Herman, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 6+

1960s Disney comedy has lesson on fame's price.

Movie G 1969 91 minutes
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What is charming about this movie is the innocence mixed with freedom that the late-1960s Disney movies portray. On one hand, Dexter is a kid with a dune buggy who attends college with his pals. On the other hand, a mobster runs a gambling ring and abducts Dexter, who is saved by his friends in the end. There is no doubt that Dexter will be safe and sound -- even though we never see his parents or his home. He is free to explore his surroundings, and even become the smartest man in the world, but the viewer never sees his home life, he's not burdened with student loans or difficult family issues.

This light tone is a welcome change to the darker contemporary fare for kids. It might leave parents a little nostalgic for freewheeling times. And make sure to get a load of the massive computer! It really drives home how much technological advancement we've seen in such a short time.

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