Mr. Magoo

MPAA Rating: PG

Entertainment: +2 1/2

Content: +2

Mr. Magoo, that comical pint size cartoon character who can't see too clearly, has returned to the screen in a live-action full length feature film. In this new slapstick comedy, entitled simply Mr. Magoo, he's played by veteran comic actor Leslie Nielsen who is accompanied by his likable nephew, Waldo (Matt Keeslar), and his faithful bulldog. But millionaire Mr. Magoo has a problem, a very valuable jewel which he owns has been stolen by professional thieves and he is determined to recover it. This leads to a continuous string of comical slapstick antics and confrontations and, even though Magoo is right in the middle of them, he often is not aware of what's going on. And his adventures take him to some exotic places such as a luxurious ski resort and the mansion of a wealthy gang boss in Brazil. The action filled adventures include wild rides on boats, helicopters, snowmobiles and skis. All the slapstick action will probably appeal to the under 13 crowd, but the film is short on real laugh-out-loud humor. Further, young children will have difficulty in following its rather involved plot.

It's fairly common to include a number of offensive elements in PG films these days, but Mr. Magoo is an exception. Although many people get battered and thrown around and there are lots of falls, chases and fights, this slapstick mayhem doesn't seem excessive. Most of the injuries are accidental, minor and done in a comical vein. Two slang suggestive words are included, and a woman makes two comments which Mr. Magoo mistakenly takes as sexually suggestive. In another mildly suggestive scene , some attractive women dressed in skimpy, low cut outfits are present, but overall the film's suggestive content is very limited. And, of course, the jewel thieves are apprehended and justice prevails. Mr. Magoo has its minor flaws, but is reasonably appropriate for persons over 6 years of age.

Preview Reviewer: John Evans
Disney, 3900 W. Alameda Ave., Burbank, CA 91521

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Crude Language: Few (2) Times-Mild

Obscene Language: Twice (slang words with sexual connotations)

Profanity: None

Violence: Many Times-Moderate/Slapstick (Man falls several stories to floor and hit by large statue, man pulled into water with fish hook and into boat's paddle wheel, persons hit in head and knocked down stairs, woman strikes men fiercely with hands and feet, chase and shooting threats, hand fighting, persons hit by snow banks and snowmobiles, man goes over waterfall in raft)

Sex: None

Nudity: Near Nudity-Few times (Women in skimpy, low cut outfits)

Sexual Dialogue/Gesture: Few Times-Mild (Two comments mistakenly thought to refer to sex)

Drugs: None

Other: Dog urinates in bowl;addendum to film states that persons with poor eyesight should not suffer discrimination.

Running Time: Unknown
Intended Audience: Children over 6 years of age

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