Parents' Guide to

The Million Dollar Duck

By Barbara Shulgasser-Parker, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 6+

'70s comedy about duck that lays golden eggs.

Movie G 1971 89 minutes
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What you will—and won't—find in this movie.

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age 3+

Based on 1 parent review

age 3+

Fun-filled comedy!!!


Is It Any Good?

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Kids say: Not yet rated

The movie's premise is that seemingly reasonable adults can do idiotic things, a notion that will probably amuse many kids who spend most of their days being corrected by adults. A cute, well-trained duck, a ditsy mom, and lots of almost-disastrous car chases also provide amusement, but The Million Dollar Duck shouldn't be confused with actual high-quality fare for that age group. Most of the action reflects Albert and Katie's misplacing or otherwise mismanaging both their child and his valuable pet duck. The duck has "flunked out" of the IQ testing lab, but there's no evidence that either Albert or Katie would fare any better on those intelligence tests than the duck.

On a side note, parents should be aware that in this 1971 movie, women are both hopeless with finances and relegated to kitchen work and housekeeping. Even at those jobs, poor Sandy Duncan as the mom-wife is stupidly bad at her duties, unable to figure out that neither garlic nor mustard belong in her applesauce recipe and convinced that, owing to the duck, the family will be able to "grow our own eggs." A good rule of thumb: any movie that cites a "duck handler" in the credits is sure to have at least a few good moments.

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