The Little Rascals Save the Day [Blu-ray]
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I first learned of this movie through Rio Mangini's ("Woim") acting teacher, who also trains my daughter. The movie came out quietly in 2014 and while it was done on the cheap, it's fairly nostalgic and sentimental toward the original. A number of situations come directly from those B&W shorts, most noticeably "Birthday Blues" (with the weep-wow cake gag taken to absurd exaggeration here), "Helping Grandma", and "Came the Brawn" (the Masked Marvel wrestling match). It even paid homage to the MGM era, with the "Let's put on a show" idea. Here, the song chosen is not of the time period for the original Rascals, but these aren't the original Rascals. We could assume them to be descendents of the originals, as we see glimpses of adult versions in one scene.
Perhaps the most puzzling change was Mary Ann Jackson (played here by Jenna Ortega, adorable). The original was the 20's-30's version of a tomboy, but due to that era's sensibilities she mostly wore dresses. In this version she's gone full overalls. It's a type that makes sense for today's audiences, and my daughter, who loves the original Mary Ann, didn't mind at all. She was more aware that Pete the Pup didn't look quite like he should, but it didn't bother me.
Mary Ann Jackson was not a part of the Alfalfa/Darla era. In the 1994 Little Rascals she was included, and they even used an actress who heavily resembled her, but they didn't give her much to do.Read more ›
Viewing this movie with the fondness of the past will cause pain; the anachronisms are too much to handle. In the same scene an ice cream man delivers a treat to school, a kid dances to music from his iPod. In another scene, we see an old time theatre, soda jerk shop, and bakery, but then a hummer pulls up. I get they wanted to show the new and the old, but it wasn't the same ol' Rascals.
The other issue I had was the over-acting. Aside from the venerable Doris Roberts, most of the adult actors did not correspond well with the children actors. It just seemed “off”.
That said, my kids enjoyed this movie. Adults falling, cakes blowing up, pets being turned different colors, cars rolling down hills: everything kids love to laugh at. In the end, isn’t that what counts?
I’m giving this four stars, not because of my own enjoyment, but because I believe every kid (whom this movie is meant for) will have a great time watching it.
The characters were reproduced horribly down to Alfalfa's fake cow lick. It is as if they attempted to parody the original. This film combines several of the original episodes into one as the gang tries to raise money to save grandma's bakery. I couldn't help but cringe at the climax as "The International Silver String Submarine Band" performed Sonny and Cher as opposed to the wonderful original where all the gang members sang "The Man on the Flying Trapeze." If this was a play, Spanky would have been booed off stage.
If they couldn't make a film better than this, they should not have even tried. It was a pathetic attempt.
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Got this for our GrandDaughter to woatch while traveling. She was QUIET the whole trip.Published 1 month ago by Amazon Customer
My kids love this movie. It is definitely for children, with the silly antics you can always expect from the Little Rascals. Read morePublished 3 months ago by Claudia
Very good movie for my kids. We sure got our money worth it!Published 5 months ago by Eddysdoll2007
It had a tender plot, and was fun to watch for the family. The Rascals were cute and lovable.Published 5 months ago by sir Charles
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