Dennis the Menace Strikes Again

MPAA Rating: G

Entertainment: +2

Content: +1

Lock the windows and barricade the doors because he's definitely back. That one-boy wrecking crew, Dennis the Menace, returns for more mischief and mayhem. Justin Cooper is Dennis, while comedy legend Don Rickles is his long-suffering neighbor, Mr. Wilson. But this time around, Dennis isn't the only one driving Mr. Wilson crazy. Mr. Johnson, Dennis' grandpa (George Kennedy), has come for an extended visit and, together with Dennis, the two drive Mr. Wilson to his breaking point. As expected, Mr. Wilson gets cakes, car oil, bugs and a whole host of other things squirted, thrown and dropped on top of his head. When he has finally had more than he can take, he puts his house up for sale. But before he can sell he must have his home inspected. Two conmen (Carrot Top and Brian Doyle-Murray) posing as inspectors try to swindle Mr. Wilson out of his money. It is then up to Dennis to save the day.

DENNIS THE MENACE STRIKES AGAIN is fairly entertaining and will likely delight young viewers as well as prompt some chuckles from parents. However, it is disappointing to note that one mild crude word is used in this G-rated film. In addition, in what could be considered a suggestive scene, Dennis' frog escapes into Mr. Wilson's bath and comes up between his legs to spit water at him, but no nudity is shown. Although most children will not pick up on the innuendo, Dennis' friends discuss another friend, Margaret, using a slang term for a part of her female anatomy. One of the few scenes of mild violence include Mr. Wilson falling out of a window and down some stairs. However, he easily recovers. It is a shame Hollywood has to slip some questionable material into this G-rated film on video. Even so, it seems reasonably acceptable for its intended audience of people ages 5 and older.

Preview Reviewer: Sherry Oswald
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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: Once - mild

Obscene Language: None

Profanity: None

Violence: Few times - Mild and moderate (man falls down stairs and out window, bugs land on man, alligator bites man's toe and a bee stings his hand, car oil and a cake are flung into man's face, man dives off a diving board and injures his back, boy shoots bad guys with sling shot, bad guys fall off of scaffolding)

Sex: None

Nudity: None; Near Nudity: Few times (woman in swimsuit, man in bathtub but no nudity shown)

Sexual Dialogue/Gesture: Dialogue/Action: Few times (frog comes up between man's legs in the bathtub, kids allude to girls breasts)

Drugs: Smoking once

Other: None

Running Time: 90 minutes
Intended Audience: Ages 5 and older

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