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Overall Rating
2.07

Awesome: 10.81%
Worth A Look: 4.05%
Average: 16.22%
Pretty Bad: 18.92%
Total Crap50%

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Inspector Gadget
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by Ryan Arthur

"It's Disney's take on Batman & Robin."
1 stars

If there were ever any argument that the House Of Mouse should stick with animation and leave the live action stuff to other studios, Inspector Gadget would be the two-word deal-sealer.

I wanted to like Gadget, really, I did. I thought it might be a chance for Matthew Broderick to really cut loose, to kind of break away from the straight-faced approach he's been taking for most of his roles of late. I looked forward to the opportunity of seeing Rupert Everett ham it up even more than he did in Dunston Checks In (no small feat, that). I wanted to see Joely Fisher in really tight clothing in (ahem) a kids' movie. I thought it might be the right blend of comedy and action and cheese and effects. I thought it might make me look back with fondness on the cartoon that I liked quite a lot when I was growing up.

I. Hated. It.

Disney has essentially tried to make a live action cartoon, not a new experiment by any means, but this is one that fails miserably. The story is this: John Brown (Broderick) is a security guard, a bumbling screw-up (because movie security guards always are) who works for a lab wher a flighty professor (because movie brainiacs always are) has figured out how to join flesh and technology. There's a break-in, orchestrated by the evil Sanford Scolex (Everett), who wants to swipe the technology for himself. In the ensuing chase, Scolex loses a hand and Brown is basically toasted...until the professor's daughter (Fisher) decides to save him by turning him into a supercop that's part man, part machine, all lame.

Brown becomes Inspector Gadget, Scolex becomes Claw, the movie becomes tedious. The buildup and chase is on, complete with an Evil RoboGadget, a robot construct of Claw's meant to slander the real Gadget's name. Wackiness (and by wackiness I mean overwhelming boredom) ensues.

Gadget borrows liberally from The Mask, Bond movies, Last Of The Mohicans, other Disney movies (Flubber being the most obvious, unfortunately), and Saturday morning 'toons. Even with the framework of the cartoon in place, the movie veers off at times, and even those tangents are covered in other films (and covered better, I might add). The movie seems content to rip off everyone else, and attempt to make amends for that by giving the film cheesy cartoon sound effects: character raises an eybrow to the tune of a slide whistle, character runs in place then takes off in a bolt to the sound of a cara revving up and peeling out, things like that. It's tiresome. Much like the "acting" of Cheri Oteri, who continues to prove just how worthless she truly is. Hey, look, she's playing a bumbling idiot again, let's laugh! Awfully early in the career to be considered one-note, isn't it Cheri?

I wish the film had a saving grace, but I really can't find one. Even amid Schumacher's gay Fantasia that was Batman & Robin, there was the framework for what could have been a solid story about the nature of family. Hell, even Bio-Dome had the deep-seeded hope that somehow, both Stephen Baldwin and Pauly Shore would die in some horrible, violent, painful way during filming. Gadget is awash in overacting (Everett), wooden acting (Broderick, except for when he's RoboGadget, then it becomes overacting), and the realization that all of the love and care that Dinsey puts into their animated films is pretty much nonexistant in their live action fare.

Is Inspector Gadget suitable for kids? Well, yeah, I guess if you don't mind all the innuendos between Everett, Broderick and Fisher. You may hate the sledgehammer of plot, but the kids might be able to sit through about 15 minutes before they get restless, and then they'll hate the sledgehammer of plot and just want their Happy Meal. I wouldn't let my kid watch it, not because it's stupid, because I'd let them watch stupid if stupid leads to funny. I wouldn't let them watch Gadget because it seems devoid of original ideas. Of the $75 million in the budget, it seems very little was set aside for plot development.

There are family films that are scads better, without all the product placement and stupid jokes. Rent The Iron Giant if you don't believe me.

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User Comments

8/13/09 Jeff Wilder Memo to Hollywood. Time to knock it off with the damn Saturday Morning Cartoon remakes. 2 stars
10/07/08 Shaun Wallner Funny Movie! 5 stars
3/15/08 Charles Tatum Pretty painful, whether you are a fan of the toon or not 2 stars
8/05/07 Jeff Anderson I love the cartoon, but THIS is truly unwatchable & gets the toon completely WRONG!!!!!!!!! 1 stars
7/06/07 shari king i love it. but why does claw have to be an asshole 5 stars
6/22/05 darick At most a 2.5/5: pretty inaccurate to the cartoon 3 stars
2/17/05 Janet Crandall okay 2 stars
9/15/03 Diana/Ryoko VERRY STUPID! its not the true cartoon Inspector Gadget! THIS FILM SUCKS ASS! 1 stars
10/24/02 qtpie a great film 5 stars
3/27/02 Claxner Oxjaw Too far-fetched to even be a fantasy. 2 stars
12/08/01 Monster W. Kung Unwatchable garbage. No entertainment, no laughs; just pain. 1 stars
11/03/01 Andrew Carden Never Gets Anywhere, and What Could Of Been An Action Filled Film Is Dull. 1 stars
10/10/01 Butterbean I was disapointed, but the kids will like it. 3 stars
8/14/01 J I admit I actually liked the movie though I won't go as far as Turtle did. 3 stars
6/18/01 WOW! Andy Dicks the sexiest man alive! 5 stars
2/08/01 Erin Collins ANDY DICK IS A BUTT UGLY ASS 1 stars
12/28/00 Turtle Non-stop fun! One of Disney's better live-action films. Much better than the show. 5 stars
11/24/00 The Evil Penguin liked the show; the film is pppppuuuuurrrrrrrrrreeeeeeeee dog turd 1 stars
10/09/00 Ground Zero mind exploding stupidity! 1 stars
9/30/00 Anthony C. Notaro I must be from Mars.....This movie was great for the kids! 5 stars
5/09/00 Pansy it's a movie for dorks and dopes 1 stars
2/22/00 Mr. Kramitall it's a movie for dweebs. liked the cartoon... the movie was shit! 1 stars
1/29/00 Tom Middlemiss I loved the movie and i'd like to Rate it G 5 stars
1/20/00 Jedi15 Loved the show. HATED the movie! 1 stars
1/15/00 James none 5 stars
1/15/00 Marli it's a movie for babies 2 stars
12/26/99 Frank Barker The grandchildren enjoyed it. I put up wit it. 2 stars
11/29/99 Crystal Fleming Don't waste your money on this peice of crap! 1 stars
10/23/99 Datawolf Great job relating to the show! Very funny! Dr. Claw's hand needed work. Otherwise great. 4 stars
10/23/99 James I think that this movie was funny at times but simply lacked in content and energy. 3 stars
10/20/99 pave väisänen No huh huh mitä paskaa 1 stars
10/14/99 Lame-Oh Loved the cartoon, but... WHY do this? 1 stars
10/10/99 Tom Absolute torture 1 stars
10/10/99 Viral Messiah [[[barf]]] 1 stars
9/16/99 Ratso I didn't know that children made children's movies. 1 stars
9/11/99 Timbo Nope 1 stars
9/03/99 Kenya Give up, Disney...stick to theme parks & tv networks; the cinema world has passed you by. 1 stars
8/25/99 badman it sucked 1 stars
8/20/99 Getsome Yo, Broderick! Find another profession... please! 2 stars
8/19/99 Admiral Crunch liked the characters, and why was the GadgetMobile such a jerk? 1 stars
8/02/99 JimBob expected more with suc actors 3 stars
8/01/99 J. Random Hacker There is no God. 1 stars
8/01/99 Zoit Different from the old favorite, but great for the new generation. Good kid's flick 3 stars
7/31/99 Blue sky It was a very cute and somewhat humorous movie. You've got to remember it's a kid's movie. 4 stars
7/31/99 Michael Highly energetic, but equally annoying & instantly forgettable -- wait, what movie is this? 2 stars
7/27/99 Laz Most reviews have been awful..hey,it wasn't all that bad.The kids loved it,it was fun! 4 stars
7/26/99 Imaginer I'd rather be related to a whore than someone who worked on this movie. I'd feel less shame 1 stars
7/25/99 blue an absolute travesty against the cartoon that most of us grew up with and loved 1 stars
7/25/99 Ah Dooey loved the cartoon, hated the movie 1 stars
7/24/99 Vampyre9mm words simply can't describe. 1 stars
IF YOU'VE SEEN THIS FILM, RATE IT!
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  23-Jul-1999 (PG)

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  22-Dec-1999 (PG)




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