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Leave It To Beaver
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"Leave it to video."
3 stars

Leave it to Beaver, the late 50's TV series, was big on morals, apple pie and other Americanisms, making it ripe for satire. Leave it to Beaver, the movie, however, is one for little kids. Little 90's kids, with young Beaver uttering words like "awesome" and "cool" in this updated version.

Finley is the luckless Beaver Cleaver (or Theodore, as he is never called) and it's his and his clan's likeabilty which drives this thinly-plotted, happy-families vehicle. But somehow Beaver's dad (McDonald from Flubber) and mum (Turner from Northern Exposure) do manage to weave slight satirical elements into their roles (also watch for Barbara Billingsley, the original Mrs Cleaver, as Aunt Martha).

The story centres on Beaver's adventures with a shiny new bicycle, while brother Wally (von Detten) helps provide a romantic teenage sub-plot. Von Detten also delivers the film's funniest moment, when the Cleavers endure family counselling, 90's style.

This film is pitched at 'The Whole Family', but kids are too young to know Beaver, and for adults, this is no Brady Bunch Movie.

Yet, through the charm of its cast and half-way decent script, Leave it to Beaver is quite enjoyable. Surprisingly so. Just leave it to video. ---Annette Basile

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originally posted: 09/14/98 03:13:20
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User Comments

9/27/04 sherry its a good movie to watch with your kids i thought it was pretty good 4 stars
12/09/03 Samuel Its not a rip off lol its a movie being made about a tv show!! 3 stars
1/22/02 Andrew Carden Rip-Off Of 50's TV Series, Adds Modern Problems, and Creates A Mess. 2 stars
2/17/01 lisa wally is a freaking babe!!! the movie sucked tho. 3 stars
9/10/99 JED Frankly filmink I find this waaaaay better than the BBM(& I like the series) good movie 4 stars
3/23/99 Kennie wally and the beaver are hot in the three way scene 5 stars
1/11/99 I.P. Freeley TV series killed the movie. Why? 2 stars
9/28/98 katherine holey moley what crap. the tv shows bad enough! but the wally guy's kinda cute. 2 stars
8/20/98 {{{OZ}}} Was this nec essary or just an excuse to have Mom say "I'm worried about the beaver"? 2 stars
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  22-Aug-1997 (PG)



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