Leslie Nielsen does a great job of recreating the cartoon character Mr. Magoo as a live action persona in Walt Disney’s MR. MAGOO. Quincy Magoo has donated a new wing to the museum to house, among other treasures, the famous “Star of Kuristan” ruby. At the gala opening, Magoo and his nephew Waldo meet the beautiful ambassador from Kuristan, Stacey. Master criminal Cloquet hires two thieves to steal the ruby, so he can sell it to the highest bidding international gangster. Unknown to him, Magoo gets possession of the ruby and the thieves want it back. The FBI and the CIA think that Magoo engineered the theft, so they join the chase. Magoo with the brilliant protection of his stalwart bulldog, Angus, and the assistance of Waldo attempt to recover the jewel.
MR. MAGOO is a fun movie. Generally, the humor is very clean and wholesome. There are a few off-color jokes and inappropriate slapstick humor scenes. Many of the best laughs belong to Angus, a great animal actor. With a slight caution, Magoo is funny Hollywood holiday fare. The credits apologize to people who are visually challenged. Of course, there are points where the storyline seems contrived, but, after all, this is a cartoon that has come to life.
(B, C, LL, S, N, A, M) Moral worldview with a shot of the famous statue of Jesus watching over Rio de Janeiro; 7 obscenities; lots of slapstick violence, most of it very lightweight bumbling, Magoo type humor, one scatological scene when a fishing hook gets caught on a man’s pants, several martial arts fight scenes, & two falls which look painful to sensitive parts of the body; lightweight sexual innuendo where Magoo thinks that woman thief is attracted to him & Magoo tries to kiss her & she gives him a fish to kiss; tight fitting clothes on women & amply endowed women in bathing suits; alcohol use; and, theft, lying, mistaken identity, & Magoo dresses as bride to recover stolen gem.
MR. MAGOO was an adorable, bumbling cartoon character, voiced by the wonderful Jim Backus. Leslie Nielsen does Backus proud in recreating Magoo as a live action persona. The humor, as always, revolves around his extremely poor eyesight. The storyline cleverly takes this one element and weaves it into a fun slapstick adventure comedy.
Quincy Magoo has donated a new wing to the city museum to house, among other treasures, the famous “Star of Kuristan” ruby. At the opening of the wing, Magoo and his nephew Waldo (Matt Keeslar), who has an uncanny resemblance to the WHERE’S WALDO cartoon character, meet the beautiful ambassador from Kuristan, Stacey Sampanahoditra (Jennifer Garner). As might be expected, international thieves are after the ruby. Austin Cloquet (Malcolm McDowell) has hired two thieves to steal the ruby, so he can sell it to the highest bidding international gangster. However, his master thief is none other than Luanne Leseur (Kelly Lynch), otherwise known as the black widow because she always kills her male confidante.
Through bumbling circumstances and unknown to him, Magoo acquires the famed ruby. The FBI and the CIA think that Magoo engineered the theft. Thus, the stage is set: Magoo wants to recover the ruby to return it to the museum; the FBI and the CIA want Magoo; Luanne wants the ruby; Cloquet wants the ruby; and, the meanest gangster of them all, Ortega Peru, wants the ruby.
Where is Waldo in all this? He is helping his uncle make it through some very exotic locations. However, it should be noted that Magoo could not survive this international quest without the brilliant protection of his stalwart bulldog, Angus, who not only takes good care of him, but puts in an Academy Award-winning performance. The outcome is predictable but getting there is a lot of fun.
MR. MAGOO is a light, fun movie. Generally the humor is very clean and wholesome. The credits apologize to people who are visually challenged. There are a few off-color jokes and inappropriate slapstick humor scenes. Interestingly enough, the off-color scenes do not bring the most laughs. In fact, many of the best laughs belong to Angus, a great animal actor.
With a slight caution, Magoo is funny Hollywood holiday fare. Of course, there are several points where the storyline seems contrived, but, after all, this is a cartoon that has come to life.
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