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Critics scores range from 0 to 100, with higher scores indicating more favorable reviews.

  • 2.0

    out of 100

    Generally unfavorable reviews
    based on a weighted average of all
    critic review scores.

  • 38

    out of 100

    Chicago Sun-Times Roger Ebert

    [Robin Williams] has been ill-served by a screenplay that isn't curious about what his life would really be like.

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  • 50

    out of 100

    Entertainment Weekly Owen Gleiberman

    it's a synthetic, rather drab movie, one that seems linked less to experience, or even to fantasy, than to other movies - "Big," of course, and also "E.T.," "Mask," and "Phenomenon."

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  • 60

    out of 100

    The New York Times Vincent Canby

    Within the limits and cliches of utterly predictable material, Mr. Coppola is still finally able to make this one from the heart.

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  • 75

    out of 100

    ReelViews James Berardinelli

    This feel-good motion picture is intelligently written and expertly directed.

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For Families provided by Common Sense Media

OK for kids 13+

Ten-year-old boy in 40-year-old body is a winner.

What Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that this movie is appropriate for adolescents and would be suitable for younger children were it not for several scenes involving nudity and profanity. The movie opens with a costume party, with bizarrely outfitted characters, including a woman appearing to sport four breasts. While it may be natural for 10-year-old boys to be interested in nude women, the film makes light of Jack's purchasing Penthouse magazine for his friends. Both kids and adults use phrases such as "Your mouth smells exactly like your butt," and "Bet you could crack walnuts on her ass, too." One of the boys' mothers, played by Fran Drescher, also comes on to men inappropriately.

  • Families can talk about the message the film attempts to deliver -- that one should make the most of the time one has on this earth and not to judge a person based on his age or initial appearance. These values can certainly serve as a springboard for a discussion about treating other people with respect and living for the present.

The good stuff
  • message true0

    Messages: Cruel children, violent man in bar, but ultimately a positive message about treating other people with respect and living for the present.

What to watch for
  • violence false0

    Violence: Bar-room brawl scene.

  • sex false3

    Sex: Woman in costume sports four breasts, promiscuous mother, boys covet Penthouse magazine.

  • language false3

    Language: "A--hole," "son of a bitch" and other profanities.

  • consumerism false0

    Consumerism: Not an issue

  • drugsalcoholtobacco false0

    Drinking, drugs and smoking: Adults drink.