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The Computer Wore Tennis Shoes Review

For Families provided by Common Sense Media

OK for kids 6+

1960s Disney comedy has lesson on fame's price.

What Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that groovy duds and gigantic computers are sure to amuse modern young viewers. Some of the scenes of Dexter's abduction feature thugs with guns. The thugs even shoot at the truck Dexter's friends are driving, but it is portrayed in a slapstick, cartoonish way.

  • Families can talk about what it would be like to be smarter than everyone else. How does fame affect Dexter? Does he begin to behave differently? What would you say to him if you were his friend to bring him back to reality?

The good stuff
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    Messages: Dexter suddenly becomes famous and has every luxury at his fingertips. Girls fawn over him, scientists and world leaders go gaga, he is the object of a ticker-tape parade. How he deals with his fame is the lesson of this story. He comes to the conclusion that "everyone is out for himself," in that world of glamour, and he returns to his humble gang of friends.

What to watch for
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    Violence and scariness: Some slapstick tussling with incompetent mobsters who chase Dexter's friends in a wacky car chase and try to abduct him by gunpoint.

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    Sexy stuff: Dexter is shown kissing two girls on TV, while his girlfriend watches from afar. He later apologizes.

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    Language: Dean Higgins calls people "stupid" and bad-mouths Dexter and his friends. Dexter's girlfriend calls him a "dirty rat."

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    Consumerism: Though Dexter is given everything when he becomes famous, he decides to come back to his old friends and humble ways. He does drive a pretty tricked-out dune-buggy, though.

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    Drinking, drugs and smoking: Not an issue