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Leave It To Beaver

3.7 out of 5 stars 49 customer reviews

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A lot has changed since the first "Leave It To Beaver" television show aired nearly fifty years ago. But Beaver Cleaver (Cameron Finley) is still a boy with a knack for getting into very big trouble. Join the Beaver, his parents, Ward (Christopher MacDonald) and June (Janine Turner), brother Wally (Erik Von Detten) and his way out and wacky friends for an adventure as heartwarming and wholesome as it is hilarious.

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You might think that this 1997 comedy based on the popular late-'50s TV series would be little more than a pointless clone of its small-screen predecessor, but as a harmless slice of family entertainment it's surprisingly easy to take. Of course nobody could ever hope to match the original Cleaver family for Eisenhower-era charm, but there's cleverness afoot in the notion of presenting the Clinton-era Cleavers with just a hint of dysfunction beneath all that domestic bliss and innocence. While Ward (Christopher McDonald) pushes his son Beaver (Cameron Finley) onto the football team to compensate for the lost glories of his bygone youth, Beaver's grades suffer along with his self-esteem. When a teacher suggests that the Cleavers seek family counseling, June (Janine Turner) has visions of Beaver in the loony bin. Meanwhile, brother Wally is wracked with guilt over dating his friend Eddie Haskell's object of affection, but eventually these various plot lines (borrowed from the TV show) converge for the requisite happy ending. What--you were expecting Beaver to become a Prozac kid? --Jeff Shannon

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    • Actors: Christopher McDonald, Janine Turner, Erik Von Detten, Cameron Finley, Adam Zolotin
    • Directors: Andy Cadiff
    • Writers: Brian Levant, Lon Diamond
    • Producers: Robert Simonds
    • Format: Multiple Formats, Closed-captioned, Color, Full Screen, NTSC
    • Language: English (Dolby Digital 5.1), French (Dolby Digital 2.0 Surround), Spanish (Dolby Digital 2.0 Surround)
    • Subtitles: English, Spanish
    • Dubbed: Spanish
    • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
    • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
    • Number of discs: 1
    • Rated:
      PG
      Parental Guidance Suggested
    • Studio: Universal Studios Home Entertainment
    • DVD Release Date: January 20, 1998
    • Run Time: 88 minutes
    • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (49 customer reviews)
    • ASIN: 0783225555
    • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #47,303 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
    • Learn more about "Leave It To Beaver" on IMDb

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    By A Customer on April 16, 1999
    Format: VHS Tape
    Another classic sitcom falls victim to Hollywood hacks, as an unremarkable cast struggles with a dreadful screenplay. The only surprise here is that Penelope Spheeris wasn't tapped to direct, as this sort of project seems to be her specialty. However, Andy Cadiff shows that he is just as skilled as Spheeris at creating an uninteresting, unfunny, and unworthy feature version of a classic sitcom. Stick to the TV re-runs.
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    Well, June, you should be worried. Once again, a bunch of Hollywood quick-buck artists have succeeded in producing a dreadful film supposedly based upon a classic sitcom. This sad little piece of junk has no redeeming qualities, as the cast, script, and direction are all equally atrocious. The persons who produced this sorry mess should be profoundly embarrassed and ashamed, but they are probably as lacking in shame as they are in talent.
    "Hey, Wally, who do you think did this to me? Do ya think it mighta been Eddie or Lumpy?" "Naw, Beav, Eddie's a wise guy, but he's not that mean, and Lumpy's pretty dumb, but even he's not stupid enough to have done this; I guess somebody's out to get ya." "I don't know, Wally; it's kinda scary. Larry Mondello could have done better than this." "Yeah, Beav, somebody sure gave ya the business this time."
    Yes, Andy Cadiff and his accomplices gave us all the business when they turned out this garbage; there is simply no excuse for a film this bad. Watch the re-runs on TV, and skip this disaster.
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    By A Customer on December 9, 2003
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    Fans of the original sitcom will find this sorry little film to be an outright disaster. The premise is silly, the script is dreadful, the acting is deplorable, and director Andy Cadiff clearly does not know what he is doing. Stick with the original series, which is light-years ahead of this piece of junk. "Hey, Gilbert, let's take this crummy movie over to Metzger's Field and bury it." "Gee, I don't know, Beav - I don't think it's worth burying - let's burn it."
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    This was one of the worst movies ever made. I enjoy watching the Leave it to Beaver shows, but the characters in the movie were nothing like they are in the shows. I was very dissapointed. Also, Eddie Hascel in the movie was a terrible actor.
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    The movie abandons Beaver as the main character early in the movie to follow elder brother Wally's discover of the opposite sex. This movie has none of what made the TV series a classic. By the end of the movie I was fantasizing about the abrupt end this movie should make of the carreers of Andy Cadliff and the writers that churned out this steaming heap of trash.
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    When studios persist in cranking out films supposedly based upon classic sitcoms, it seems to signal a lack of original ideas, and that certainly appears to be the case here. There is nothing about this film which conveys any of the charm or humor of the original series. The cast is inept, the script is lame, and Andy Cadiff's direction is abysmal. The people who make these films don't seem to realize that taking the title of a good sitcom and appending it to a lousy film like this simply doesn't work. The original series may have been a bit corny at times, but the worst episode of the sitcom is vastly superior to this mess. In other words, the people behind this horrid little film are just giving you the business, Sam. Enjoy the reruns of the series on TV, and skip this clunker. Gee, Wally, this movie really stinks!
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    By A Customer on February 5, 2003
    Format: DVD
    When I searched on "Leave it to Beaver" I was hoping to find the original episodes. So many t.v. shows are now available on sets of DVDs, I thought for sure Beaver would be. After all, it is one of the most popular shows ever. How disappointing. I guess we can only hope the owners and current producers see fit to put it out in that form...soon! I can't imagine it not making them a tidy sum.
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    Despite being panned as a terrible film adaptation, "Leave It To Beaver" proves to be a very good film. Christopher McDonald does a great job playing patriarch Ward. A change of pace for him because he mostly plays a cocky antagonist or smart mouth (Shooter MacGavin "Happy Gilmore", Goose MacKenzie "Grease 2"). Janine Turner does a decent job as June, she lacks the charm Barbara Billingsley had. Erik von Detten as Wallace"Wally" is different, he usually plays a mean character like Sid Phillips or Earwing Lawson. Cameron Finley is very good in the role of Theodore "Beaver" Cleaver he is able to emulate Jerry Matthers while putting his own twist on the role.
    The plot rehashes some scenarios from the TV series. I don't understand why Universal couldn't go an original route with this film. Its "The Little Rascals" all over again. It's obvious this is a kids movie despite the innuendo/flirting involving Ward and June.

    Rating: PG for Mild Language and Elements of Sensuality

    Technical Specifications:
    1.33:1 - FullFrame?! - I don't believe it! They take a film shot in 1.85:1 and rotate the frame and use center crop and put it on DVD?! The idea of DVD is to preserve the theatrical ratio.
    Audio(s): English 5.1, Spanish and French Dolby Surround
    Bonus Features:
    Original Theatrical Trailer - Oddly the trailer uses the 1991-1997 Universal logo.
    Filmmakers Notes
    Cast Bios.

    Overall Recommendation: Highly Recommended especially if you have children.

    However you might want to pay the extra money for the re release it offers Widescreen but it's unfortunately barebones.
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