Reviewed by: Dawn Cole
Starring: Robin Williams, Bill Cosby
Warning: This film may not be for your child. The values and norms of some of the children portrayed in this film are not something you want your Christian child accepting as normal for a child their age.
Jack, played by Robin Williams, is a sweet 10 year old boy in the body of a 40 year old man. He is schooled at home by Mr. Woodruff, a tutor (played by Bill Cosby). Mr. Woodruff suggests that Jack’s parents let him go to school with the other 5th grade boys. After weeks of being shunned and laughed at by his peers, one boy, Louie, befriends Jack. Soon he is included in basketball games and tree house antics. Louie has quite an effect on Jack’s sweet personality. He talks Jack into posing as the principal, giving a glowing academic report to Louie’s mom Dolores, played by Fran Dresher (“The Nanny”).
Louie and the other boys introduce Jack to dirty sex magazines such as “Penthouse” and “Hustler,” and encourage him to purchase these posing as an adult. “Innocent” Jack is also taught what an erection is, and then later prances across the kitchen with a large loaf of French bread simulating an erection on himself. After suffering an episode of Angina (heart pain) due to a stressful situation at school, Jack is pulled from public school, to again be taught at home. Severely depressed, Jack goes in search of Dolores to a nightclub she frequents. The conversation he has with a man there is clearly inappropriate for children. The phrases such as “can’t keep it up,” and “goes limp” are enough said to clue you in on the conversation.
The children in Miss Marquez’s 5th grade class are given an assignment “What do you want to be when you grow up?” One of the boys comments that he wants to be a gynecologist. When questioned by Miss Marquez as to the reason he states, “you are the reason Miss Marquez.” Again and again this type of inappropriate subject matter for children is written in.
This film is truly a disappointment, and the fact that the advertisements target children disturbs me greatly. As Christian parents we are instructed to nurture and instruct our children in the way of the Lord. I implore you to be firm in refusing your child’s requests to see this film. Wait till this film comes to TV and they have hopefully cut out many of these vulgarities. Once these vulgarities are cut out you can appreciate a few valuable lessons, such as; be nice to others no matter the physical differences and, everyone can be encouraged to make a valuable contribution to society no matter how long or short their stay on Earth.
Christians are supposed to encourage one another, and I encourage you to look elsewhere for family entertainment.