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Scooby-Doo Review

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  • 2.0

    out of 100

    Generally unfavorable reviews
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  • 38

    out of 100

    USA Today Claudia Puig

    It's unclear why the writers bothered to update the cartoon, unless it was to expand the possibilities for quips and jokey ideas. If so, they failed in their mission, as the movie elicits few laughs.

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  • 42

    out of 100

    Entertainment Weekly Lisa Schwarzbaum

    The antics involving ghosts, chases, and burping that divert the small fry don't mix with the jokey, tribute-band dialogue spouting from the Mystery, Inc. gang.

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  • 63

    out of 100

    Chicago Tribune Robert K. Elder

    Knows when to take itself seriously and when to laugh at itself -- even if its audience isn't laughing along at every gag.

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For Families provided by Common Sense Media

Pause for kids 9 & under

Too scary for most kids, too dumb for most teens.

What Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that this movie has more intense, scary special effects than you'll find in the cartoon Scooby-Doo features. The characters are in frequent peril, though no one gets hurt. There is some drug humor (as "Pass the Dutchie" plays on the soundtrack, what appears to be marijuana smoke turns out to be something else) and some vulgar jokes and graphic bathroom humor. The girls wear very skimpy clothes.

  • Families can talk about why the friends broke up and why they got back together.
  • They might also want to talk about what has made Scooby and his pals so enduringly popular over the years. Which version of the show do you like best?

The good stuff
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    Messages: Friendship and teamwork are less important here than in other Scooby-Doo features, as the gang tries to salvage their team dynamic; but their efforts are overshadowed by strange zombies and a madman's attempt at mind control. The action takes place on an island alongside partying college kids. These peers are more serious partiers than seen in any previous Scooby-Doo features -- and Velma getting drunk raises a big flag.

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    Role models: Since most of the characters in this movie are college age, expect activities like drinking, partying, the cruising of "chicks," and said chicks wearing tight clothes. Also watch out for a prolonged scene where Scooby and Shaggy have a belching and farting contest. Fred is painted as a womanizer, Daphne as materialistic.

What to watch for
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    Violence: Lots of toothsome, scary faces, zombies, evil men in charge of teens on an island. Lizard monsters and zombies chasing the gang, even inhabiting the bodies of Velma, Fred, and Daphne.

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    Sex: Fred is transferred into Daphne's body and says, "Hey! Now I can look at myself in the mirror!" Fred and Daphne kiss. Plenty of short skirts and tight tops that don't leave much to the imagination. Fred fashions himself as a womanizer and includes Pamela Anderson as one of his admirers -- though he does admit to Velma that "I'm a man of substance; dork chicks like you turn me on, too."

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    Language: Besides "zoinks" and "jinkies," there are little slips, like "beeatch," booty, "your mom eats cat poop," and for the French speakers out there: "Voulez-vous couchez avec moi, c'est soir."

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    Consumerism: The consumption of food is the devoted past time of Shaggy and Scooby. Daphne is materialistic, carrying seven matching bags onto the plane. Telemundo is mentioned, so is NASA.

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    Drinking, drugs and smoking: It is obvious that Shaggy is into pot, by the way the song "Pass the Dutchie on the Left Hand Side" plays while smoke rises from his van. But wait, they are just grilling some eggplant burgers in there. Sure. And Shaggy's love interest is named Mary Jane. "Mary Jane is my favorite name," he says dreamily. Velma gets drunk at a bar on a tiki drink.