In THE LITTLE RASCALS, Spanky and the gang are bent on winning the big go-cart race with Alfalfa at the wheel. This movie lacks the magic of the original Little Rascals which it tries so hard to copy that it is drained of almost all humor. Furthermore, there is a minor amount of foul language, some crude slapstick moments and some sexual innuendo which warrant discernment for young children.
In THE LITTLE RASCALS Spanky calls a meeting of the “He-man Woman Hater’s Club” members who vote that Alfalfa will drive the club’s racer in the upcoming go-cart derby. However, Alfalfa is off singing love songs to Darla. When Spanky and the gang find out about Alfalfa’s interest in the opposite sex, they proceed to sabotage his romantic lunch with Darla, turning it into a disaster which sends her into the arms of Waldo, an obnoxious rich kid. They all enter the big race, with Waldo driving his go-cart with Darla as his navigator. Darla finds out what a louse Waldo is, and all ends happily ever after.
Although there are some very good lessons in THE LITTLE RASCALS, the problem is that these kids, who are well directed, cannot capture the magic of the original Little Rascals. They seem to be spending too much time trying to recreate the originals, draining the movie of almost all humor. Furthermore, there is a minor amount of foul language, some crude slapstick moments and some sexual innuendo. In the final analysis, THE LITTLE RASCALS warrants discernment for young children. The best part is the final credits, and if you really want to see them, you might want to wait for the movie to come out on video.
(H, L, S) Humanism; 1 obscenity; and, cross-dressing & sexual innuendo.