BLANK CHECK

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Release Date: February 11, 1994

Starring: Brian Bonsall, Karen Duffy,
Miguel Ferrer, James Rebhorn,
Tone Loc, Michael Lerner, &
Jayne Atkinson

Genre: Comedy

Audience: Older children ages 10 & up

Rating: PG

Runtime: 90 minutes

Distributor: Walt Disney Pictures/Buena
Vista Pictures

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Writer: Blake Snyder & Colby Carr

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(B, L, V, M) Biblical worldview in redemptive ending upholding honesty, truth, importance of family, and punishment of wrongdoing; 1 obscenity, 1 mild exclamatory profanity ("my God"), a few mild vulgarities, & 1 obscene gesture; slapstick violence, including 1 man struck in the groin with baseball; criminal escapes jail & attempts to launder stolen money, but is eventually caught.

Summary:

11-year-old Preston Waters just can't seem to get a break--from his older brothers taking over his room to a bully stealing his birthday money from grandma--that is, until a money-laundering mobster accidentally runs over Preston's bicycle and hurriedly leaves the youngster with a signed blank check to cover the damages in the delightful Disney comedy BLANK CHECK.

Review:

11-year-old Preston Waters just can't seem to get a break--from his older brothers taking over his room to a bully stealing his birthday money from grandma--that is, until a money-laundering mobster accidentally runs over Preston's bicycle and hurriedly gives the youngster a signed blank check to cover the damages in the BIG-meets-HOME ALONE Disney comedy BLANK CHECK. Once Preston realizes the monetary significance of a signed blank check, his troubles are all over...or so he thinks. Without giving away the entire film, Preston has, shall we say, a LARGE TIME with his new-found prosperity but quickly learns just how far a buck will go. The best humor occurs in scenes with Preston's driver-for-hire/confidante Henry, whose humor is matched only by his insight, ably expressed in comments like: "A fool and his money are soon parted;" and "Be careful what you wish for, you just might get it."

Overall, BLANK CHECK is an enjoyable film with a bare minimum of objectionable material. There are actually several worthwhile elements in the film: money doesn't buy happiness; one's family is more precious than possessions; and, a fool and his money are soon parted. While there is nothing really new here, the acting, filming, directing, and screenwriting all add up to a very decent movie the entire family should be able to enjoy.

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