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The Magic of the Golden Bear: Goldy III

By Brian Costello, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 7+

Run-of-the-mill kid-meets-wild-animal tale with a few guns.

Movie G 1995 104 minutes
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In some respects, THE MAGIC OF THE GOLDEN BEAR: GOLDY III is a run-of-the-mill film about a child bonding with a wild animal (and the third in a series of Goldy movies -- all with similar themes). The wild animal (in this case, a bear), is extraordinarily gifted at riding a bike and understanding human speech, behaves more like a tame dog, and loves its human family as if there are no differences between humans and animals. The two aspects that separate this movie from others like it are the actors Cheech Marin and Mr. T, who, all-in-all, turn in entertaining performances; the former as an over-the-top magician, and the latter as a man living in the wild who is rumored by the townspeople to be a ghost spirit and is frequently seen in the movie conversing with a raven.

The movie does drag at times, and the acting is generally not the best. Still, the movie does have enough presence of mind to make it clear to everyone that the bear Goldy is not a pet, but a wild animal who must eventually return to the wild. In spite of this movie's obvious flaws, this crucial distinction should get kids thinking.

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