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Dudley Do-Right Review

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  • 25

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    USA Today Mike Clark

    Dead-carcass spinoff of Jay Ward's animated TV favorite.

  • 38

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    Chicago Tribune Mark Caro

    Like an obnoxious uncle desparately trying to amuse the young'uns with poo-poo humor and dum-dum pratfalls.

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  • 50

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    Entertainment Weekly Lisa Schwarzbaum

    The balance of inspired idiocy to hackneyed buffoonery is out of whack.

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  • 75

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    Chicago Sun-Times Roger Ebert

    I enjoyed the film more than I expected to. It's harmless, simple-minded.

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For Families provided by Common Sense Media

OK for kids 10+

'90s live-action remake of '60s cartoon has iffy humor.

What Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that Dudley Do-Right is the 1999 live-action movie starring Brendan Fraser as the beloved Canadian Mountie from the classic 1960s cartoon. While, like the cartoon, there are lots of puns and slapstick, there's also some humor that could be inappropriate for younger kids. For instance, a pigeon lands on Snidely Whiplash's head and defecates; also, a recurring joke shows Dudley Do-Right's horse audibly passing gas. Aside from this, there is some drinking -- one of the main characters acts very drunk then is shown waking up the next morning moving slowly, moaning, and complaining about his hangover. There is also cartoonish violence with guns and cannons.

  • Families can talk about remakes of classic cartoons into contemporary movies. What would be the challenges in turning an animated cartoon series into a feature-length film?
  • Where does the humor seem more geared toward kids, and where does it seem more geared toward adults?
  • In what ways is the violence in the movie more "cartoonish," as opposed to violence that is more realistic?

The good stuff
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    Messages: As a mostly faithful re-creation of the very silly 1960s cartoon series, the humorous puns and slapstick pratfalls trump any attempts at positive messages.

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    Role models: While inept and prone to slapstick clumsiness, Dudley Do-Right is a forthright Canadian Mountie dedicated to protecting the citizens of Semi-Happy Valley from the trepidations of Snidely Whiplash and his minions, despite turning into the "bad guy" for a part of the movie.

What to watch for
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    Violence: Frequent cartoonish violence and slapstick pratfalls. Characters shoot guns and rifles, and fire cannons at each other. A character gets hit in the head twice by a large rock at close range before getting hit in the groin by a rock.

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    Sex: Not applicable

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    Language: "Crap."

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    Consumerism: Not applicable

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    Drinking, drugs and smoking: Characters are shown drinking in a bar. One character drinks and acts intoxicated -- stumbling, falling, yelling -- and is shown hung-over the next day.