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Awesome: 7.5%
Worth A Look: 27.5%
Average: 7.5%
Pretty Bad42.5%
Total Crap: 15%

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101 Dalmatians
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by Ryan Arthur

"Better than Flubber. But then, what isn't?"
2 stars

John Hughes, we hardly knew ye.

Take a classic in Disney animation.

Throw in a John Hughes script.

What do you get?


Hughes coasts through, content to turn dogtheives into a couple of Home Alone robbers, as he continues to do with various Home Alone sequels and the remake of the Absent Minded Professor, known as Flubber. Charm, wit and common sense get thrown out the window in favor of slapstick and pratfalls that are painfully unfunny. The two leads (Jeff Daniels and Joely Richardson) lack the chemistry that their animal costars have and Glenn Close, while the best thing in the movie, is reduced to recreating a cartoon. A cartoon! She can't make her mark on the character; she's limited to looking, acting and sounding like her animated counterpart.

The animals, while cute, can't talk as they did in the animated feature. What a shame. What they would've been able to say would have been far more interesting.

Rent the original.

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OFFICIAL SELECTION: 2005 Brisbane Film Festival. For more in the 2005 Brisbane Film Festival series, click here.

User Comments

1/14/09 Anonymous. a good weird kid's movie. 4 stars
4/27/08 mark madsen not very good 2 stars
8/28/05 Quigley home alone with animals is horrible. the cartoon is better (i can't believe i said that). 1 stars
7/16/04 SF Glenn Close rocked. good film. definately watch the original animated film. 5 stars
6/02/04 Sean Scanlan Watch the oinginal cartoon version 1 stars
8/12/03 Double G cartoon much better 1 stars
6/04/03 Charles Tatum What happened to John Hughes? 2 stars
3/20/03 Shadaan Felfeli I enjoyed the film. Thought Glenn Close was hillarious. 4 stars
2/11/03 Ubu the Ripper Hey Hoillywoord! This is what kids movies ARE SUPPOSED to be like. Remember? 5 stars
8/08/01 Mr. Hat All except for the dead tiger, this remake is a great movie. 4 stars
4/09/01 Gary This is the best Disney animated "animal" film ever! 5 stars
3/28/01 saucy ?? 4 stars
12/02/00 The Evil Penguin they should have made the dogs into DISNEY'S coats 1 stars
10/07/00 Viking About as English as HP sauce on a Big Mac !!! 3 stars
9/10/00 Boy In The Designer Bubble Kill the damn dogs and make a lovely coat. 1 stars
9/09/00 Jed Jeez folks it is not that bad! 4 stars
2/12/00 Lame-Oh one of the most dispickable movies I've seen 2 stars
11/05/98 Bad Kosh Not only Air Bud and Lassie sucked ass, but the movie killed them too. What next? 2 stars
10/18/98 Sailor Moon Ate My Balls Who gives a rat's ass? What now, 1001 Dalmations? Get outta here! 2 stars
10/17/98 Mr Showbiz Walt was a genius; his heirs are cash-mad mercenaries. 1 stars
9/28/98 Heather Glenn Close did a pretty good job as Cruella DeVil. Other than that-- yawn. 3 stars
9/16/98 Trav Not too bad, for a "politically-correct" family movie 3 stars
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  27-Nov-1996 (G)
  DVD: 16-Sep-2008

  13-Dec-1996 (U)

  05-Dec-1996 (G)

Directed by
  Stephen Herek

Written by
  John Hughes

  Glenn Close
  Jeff Daniels
  Joely Richardson
  Joan Plowright
  Mark Williams
  Hugh Laurie

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