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Friday, 17 November 2017

Mini Retro Review: Dennis The Menace (1993) #badmovies

Dennis The Menace
Family Comedy

I remembered the cartoon, I wasn't a fan but it was okay. It was about a mischievous kid being a pain in the butt for neighbour, Mr Wilson. The opening music is so Home Alone - like, the late Arnold Stang who voiced Top Cat is in this one playing a photographer. But for a few chuckle-worthy moments, the entire rest of this film is sheer boredom with little to no depth characters. The slapstick is this side of Home Alone and it's not anything you haven't seen before. Every cast member is wasted, although Lea Thompson seemed, okay yet exists more or less as background noise and I'd much remember Walter Matthau's turn alongside Robin Williams in The Survivors, rather than this showing. The addition of Christopher Lloyd would have been all right - had his character not been a disgusting pedo, but alas, it seems so out of place. The actor who plays Kevin's brother in Home Alone is in this too. Whereas Kevin in Home Alone was too much of a smart ass, he still came across as likeable and he took it out on the bad guys - Dennis meanwhile is annoying & he took his actions out on Mr Wilson, who wasn't so much of a bad person. This is an unmemorable and tepid version of Home Alone with much younger characters.

Is It Worth Watching?

Only if you don't mind movies like Home Alone


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