Hey, hey, hey! Bill Cosby's 1970s cartoon hits the big screen in director Joel Zwick's live-action adaptation. Cosby's screenplay (his first) follows hefty Philadelphia teen Albert (Kenan Thompson) as he's drawn into the real-life world to help a depressed teen. Along the way, he gets assistance from friends like Rudy (Shedrack Anderson III), Mushmouth (Jermaine Williams) and Dumb Donald (Marques Houston) -- and even finds love.
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- Joel Zwick
- This movie is
Widescreen 1.85:1, Full Screen 1.33:1Subtitles
English, Spanish (Neutral)Closed captioned
YesLanguage and sound
English: DTS 5.1 Surround, Spanish (Neutral): Dolby Digital 2.0 Surround, French: Dolby Digital 2.0 SurroundOther features
Color; interactive menus; scene access; trailer; director's commentary; featurette; cast and crew interview.
Common Sense Note
Parents need to know that because of the high school setting and gentle boy-girl crushes that partially drive the story, Fat Albert will have more appeal for middle grade kids and tweens. However, other than a few cartoonish pratfalls and an avalanche of product placement, there's no iffy material for kids of any age. It's a well-intentioned, ethnically diverse, and wholesome movie with lots of clearly stated messages.
- Sexual Content
- Two gently budding romances. The tween and teen couples dance, briefly hug, and kiss on the cheek. An obnoxious boy tries to kiss a girl; she forcefully says, "No." In one comic sequence, it is implied that a character's cartoon paint has disappeared and his backside is showing, but it's never visible.
- A few cartoonish pratfalls -- Fat Albert careens down the street on a skateboard and crashes; he falls from a window ledge onto a pile of trash bags.
- Some name-calling (i.e., "fatty," "fatso"), one "crap." "Mush Mouth," a character with an usual way of speaking, is teased.
- Social Behavior
- The messages are loud and clear in both dialogue and action. It's not how you look, it's the person inside who matters. Believe in yourself; be the best that you can be. Don't try to become something you're not; you could lose the essence of who you really are. And finally: You can't let fear keep you from caring.
- An abundance of stores and products. Forever 21, White Diamond, Rochester Big & Tall, Sam Goody, Top Skater Sega, Peg Perego, Quicksilver, LA Gear, WDAS-FM, ECKO, USA TODAY, and more. The movie's story intersects with the Fat Albert and the Cosby Kids TV series upon which is based and includes a number of scenes from that show.
- Drugs / Tobacco / Alcohol
- Not applicable
- Age appropriate
- Not an issue
- Depends on your kid and your family
- Not appropriate for kids of the age most likely to want to see it