Slappy And The Stinkers

MPAA Rating: PG

Entertainment: +3

Content: -1/2

SLAPPY AND THE STINKERS is a comical story of five kids (Joseph Ashton, Carl Lindner, Leroi Gray, Scarlett Pomers, and Travis Tedford) nicknamed "the Stinkers" for the pranks they pull in summer school. If they are not tormenting their teacher, Mr. Brinway (B.D. Wong), then they are devising new plans to get out of his class. However, when they decide to rescue and set free Slappy, a seal from the zoo, real trouble begins. They boys find out that Slappy may not be quite ready to go back to the ocean and taking care of him can be quite a job. Before they can return him to the zoo, however, Slappy is captured by a crook who wants to sell him. It is then up to the Stinkers to retrieve Slappy and return him to safety. Kids will be laughing outloud at this obnoxious and hilarious seal and his five mischievious friends.

However, there is quite a bit of crude behavior in the movie. Slappy himself is constantly passing gas, a bird relieves himself on Mr. Brinway's head and the kids often call each other crude names. In addition, a child vomits on another child's shoes. This grossed-out comedy is an extremely disappointing trend in children's movies lately. Also, there are several sexually suggestive comments made about animals mating and body parts. In one scene, a man's genitals are grabbed with a child's toy and, in another scene, a man's genitals are crushed when he lands on a log. Most of the violence is slapstick, but the seal is shocked with an electric prong several times. SLAPPY AND THE STINKERS is exciting for kids to watch but it's crudities are definitely disappointing.

Preview Reviewer: Sherry Oswald
TriStar Pictures, 10202 W. Washington Blvd., Culver City, CA 90232

The following categories contain objective listings of film content which contribute to the subjective numeric Content ratings posted to the left and on the Home page.

Crude Language: Several (7) mild 1, moderate 6 times

Obscene Language: Several (7) (no f- or s- words)

Profanity: Few (4) times - Regular 2 (G-), Exclamatory 2

Violence: Many times --Moderate/Slapstick (Slappy jumps out of bus and falls out of bed, property damage, man shot out of chair and out of window, Slappy shocked by man with electric prong, dog falls into hot tub, gopher bomb fired at bad guy, carnival falls apart, man hit in head and groin with potato, man knocked down by plane, man in van tries to hit kids on bikes, gopher bites man on nose, man lands on

Sex: None

Nudity: Near nudity, few times (woman in short skirt, man in speedo bathing suit, and in ripped pants, girl in white tank top)

Sexual Dialogue/Gesture: Several times (bosoms mentioned and hand gestured, reference made to mating seasons of animals and birds, man in ripped pants with underwear showing, man's genitals grabbed with toy, reference made to gophers mom 'messing' around with a seal, man and woman flirt)

Drugs: Smoking

Other: The seal passes gas and has diarrhea, child vomits, bird relieves himself on man's face

Running Time: 85 minutes
Intended Audience: Ages 7 and over

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