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Awesome: 6.25%
Worth A Look: 31.25%
Pretty Bad: 6.25%
Total Crap: 9.38%

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Honey I Shrunk The Kids
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by Thom

"Disturbingly Disney"
3 stars

Rick Moranis stars as a goofball professor in this playful use of one part of the famous and now defuct Disneyland ride, Journey to Inner Space. First in a series that also spawned a television show and a flurry of liscensing and product tie-ins.

Wayne Szalinski (Rick Moranis) is a bumbling professor who is building a ray gun that can shrink things. Set against a placid surburban neighborhood, Wayne's kids get accidently shrunk and turn the whole family upside down while Wayne and his wife try to find the kids without letting the neighbors know what happened and the kids try to not be eaten by dogs or bees or ground to bits by lawnmowers.

Good special effects. Kids will like this. Moranis plays another rendition of the clean-cut, innocent, sexless and utterly uncontroversial white male that has served his career well. G-rated fun. So wholesome its almost Mormon. Stepford, watch out.

The premise is all so very cold war and 1950's. Don't let people know what you are doing because they may decide that perhaps having a shrink ray in the neighborhood is not such a good thing but what the hell, its innocent scientific inquiry so piss off or we'll demonize you.

However, only pretentious and jaded coffee house intellectuals will get uppity about this point. Kids will just plain dig it. The story follows a solid path from introduction to conclusion and the familiar form will keep young viewers attentive as they instinctually follow the complication and unravelling of the tale.

For kids and people who like to trip out on the surreally plastic wholesomeness of the Disneyverse as some kind of ironic social commentary. Painted on prozac smiles are behind it all. Eisner is actually a Fembot.

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User Comments

3/28/20 dupadoit french class 4 stars
8/26/12 roscoe good, fun, but the kids' lives are in danger. it isn't a comedy 4 stars
4/06/12 SEAN DUTRA good, but slow start and not enough. the focus on adults sucks too 3 stars
5/13/11 Dr.Lao Meh, I've seen worse 3 stars
3/30/08 Pamela White Cute theme of how your world can be turned upside down in an instant 4 stars
10/15/07 fools♫gold Disturbingly timeless. 4 stars
1/22/07 Abs worth a look, but a bit dated now 3 stars
3/14/06 luis this is the best movie i have ever seen 5 stars
8/30/05 ES Fun and colourful, the effects were neat and well done, who won't like house sized oreo? 4 stars
5/05/05 Indrid Cold Well made, zany family movie. 4 stars
1/28/05 Jack Scallops Great jokes can't save a boring movie 2 stars
8/23/04 Snickerdoodle One of my favorite movies growing up. 4 stars
5/26/03 mee good but not great 4 stars
8/16/02 scott a good film 4 stars
3/15/02 Monster W. Kung Enjoyable for kids. Stay away from the shit sequels. 3 stars
11/30/01 The $1.98 Pyramid It's a nice Sunday afternoon getaway. Nice special effects. 4 stars
11/28/01 C.B too cheesy 1 stars
9/03/01 jennifer great movie one of my favourites 5 stars
5/15/01 Turtle This movie, I think, is mostly just boringly stupid. 3 stars
4/01/01 Andrew Carden Very slow start, but eventully comes togther for a fairly amusing performence. 3 stars
11/20/00 The EVIL Penguin a little slow but still entertaining 3 stars
8/11/00 Big Jon's Toe It's a Disney movie. What did you expect, and Academy Award winner? It's just fun. 3 stars
10/29/99 Lame-Oh You really want to shoot someone after paying to see this crap. 1 stars
7/02/99 Ah Dooey Terrible and unfunny movie. TV series was even worse. 1 stars
1/20/99 {{{OZ}}} Ew. Tacky redux of the Nutty Professor. Yes, *another* one. 2 stars
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