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A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this movie.
Not an educational movie, but kids may learn the power of teamwork.
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
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.
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Insults about the kids being "losers" and "dumb."
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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. To stay in the loop on more movies like this, you can sign up for weekly Family Movie Night emails.
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.
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