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The North Avenue Irregulars

By Carrie R. Wheadon, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 8+

Church ladies become screwball sleuths in mild '70s comedy.

Movie G 2004 100 minutes
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THE NORTH AVENUE IRREGULARS is mild screwball silliness for a good 98 minutes. There are two minutes where the church explodes and Minister Hill questions himself, then we're back to it. The end car chase/crash scene keeps those giant '70s cars piling up -- but nowhere near the level of Blues Brothers. The ensemble cast is probably the best part, though they're not given the greatest forum for their talents. Cloris Leachman and Barbara Harris are particularly funny.

This is one of those comedies that would make you pause and enjoy 15 minutes on TV -- perhaps -- but it's not something viewers would actively seek out for full-throttle comic enjoyment. In other words, this '70s Disney effort is forgettable but will garner a few laughs.

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