The Little Rascals Save the Day

Movie review by
Sandie Angulo Chen, Common Sense Media
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Little Rascals update is a silly, awful mess of a comedy.
  • PG
  • 2014
  • 98 minutes

Parents say

age 8+
Based on 4 reviews

Kids say

age 4+
Based on 3 reviews

A lot or a little?

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

Educational Value

Not an educational movie, but kids may learn the power of teamwork.

Positive Messages

The movie encourages teamwork and collaboration to help others. The diverse group of friends also is welcoming (except to girls, with the exception of one "tomboyish" girl). Grandma explains that to be a good leader you have to be a good listener, too.

Positive Role Models & Representations

The teacher and Grandma both are attentive adults who care about the misfit gang.

Violence & Scariness

Lots of slapstick and physical humor that ends in minor disasters and mild injuries to people, even to a man's crotch.

Sexy Stuff
Language

Insults about the kids being "losers" and "dumb."

Consumerism
Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that The Little Rascals Save the Day is a straight-to-DVD modernization of the classic comedic short films from the '20s and '30s featuring a quirky group of ragamuffins. The remake brings back the Our Gang kids in another slapstick-filled comedy. The kids are still diverse (although there are no racist overtones like there were in the original films), but they do make a joke about the one (tomboyish) girl member not "really being a girl." The physical comedy includes crotch-injury jokes and other gags, as well as some mild insults directed at the gang. Families who see the movie together can discuss teamwork and how the kids collaborate to save Grandma's bakery.

User Reviews

  • Parents say
  • Kids say
Adult Written byMaryJane24 January 23, 2016

Has flirtation and kissing

This has A LOT of flirtation among young kids, which leads to kissing scenes. Just fyi... When I looked this movie up, I thought it was clear of that, but the c... Continue reading
Parent Written byBpostema724 July 17, 2016

My kids love this movie.

My 9 and 6 year olds like this movie. It is fun for all of us to watch. Not sure why it only has a 1 star rating.
Kid, 9 years old May 13, 2017

Good

Great film if you want to teach someone manners or whatever
Kid, 12 years old July 5, 2018

What's the story?

THE LITTLE RASCALS SAVE THE DAY is another modernization of the original Little Rascals comedies. The gang is back, with Alfalfa, Spanky, Stymie, Buckwheat, Porky, and Mary Ann as the new "gang" ready to enjoy the start of summer. But things go sour when their adopted Grandma (Doris Roberts) discovers her bakery is about to go bankrupt. The kids try to come up with various fundraisers to give Grandma the money she needs, but the school's rich bully convinces his dad (Greg Germann) to put an offer on the shop (including the gang's clubhouse). Their only hope is to win a local talent show.

Is it any good?

If you want to see a movie about kids who band together to save the day, there are far better, far funnier examples than this straight-to-DVD mess. Usually there are redeeming qualities to a family film that might make some of the eye-rolling aspects of a kiddie flick worth it to see your children laugh, smile, or learn something (think of obnoxiously realistic Caillou, for example); not so with this new Little Rascals installment, which is seriously a waste of time for both parents and kids. The acting is terrible -- the veteran adults look like they're reading cue cards, and the kid actors are overacting so much there's not a genuine emotion in the entire movie. This version makes the 1994 remake (itself only slightly better than decent) look like a masterpiece of family filmmaking by comparison.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about remakes and whether the premise of this comedy is still relevant to young viewers. Do your kids even know who the Little Rascals are? Is this funny if you aren't familiar with the original?

  • Why is slapstick humor so prevalent in family films? Is it funny or sometimes overly silly?

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