Slappy and the Stinkers

1998 PG 1h 18m DVD

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Slappy and the Stinkers

1998 PG 1h 18m DVD
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During a field trip to an aquarium, five rebellious second-graders free a sea lion named Slappy to give him a new life in their school principal's hot tub -- but they soon face off against a thief who wants to sell Slappy to a circus.
Format
DVD
Screen
Widescreen Anamorphic 1.85:1
Subtitles
French
CC
No
Audio
English: Dolby Digital 5.1
Rating
PG - Some material may not be suitable for children. Parents urged to give parental guidance. May contain some material parents might not like for their young children.
age 8+
Common Sense rating OK for kids 8+
  • B.D. Wong
  • Bronson Pinchot
  • Jennifer Coolidge
  • Joseph Ashton
  • Gary Leroi Gray
  • Carl Michael Lindner
  • Scarlett Pomers
  • Travis Tedford
  • David Dukes
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Reviews

age 8+

Common Sense Note

Parents need to know that slapstick action and potty humor are the main sources of comedy in this movie about setting an aquarium sea lion free. The adults are all buffoons, created to be laughed at by the kids in the movie and by the audience. There are pratfalls galore: characters tumble, are upended, punched, teased, doused in paint, bird poop, peanut butter, and vomit. There are farts, potty smells, references to peeing, and use of laxatives. Younger kids may be frightened when Slappy the sea lion is captured by villains, chained, and briefly buzzed with an electric prod, though he is never in real danger and never hurt. Two school bullies tease the five young heroes, but there's no actual threat there either. A few mild swear words are heard ("hell," "crap," "farthead"). It's generally preposterous silliness. One adult character smokes.

Sexual Content

Not applicable.

Violence

Clownish action from beginning to end. There are only two brief and perhaps disturbing scenes in which the villain tries to train a kidnapped sea lion by chaining him and using an electric prod. Otherwise there are no serious injuries and there is no actual suspense, just lots of slapstick action.

Language

Potty humor throughout includes: farting, mention of peeing and wetting pants, smelly poop references; characters get hit in the crotch numerous times; the seal lion accidentally eats an entire package of laxative after which the creature is seen on the toilet. Infrequent coarse language including "hell," "pissant," "farthead," "crap."

Social Behavior

Advocates sensitivity and compassion for wild creatures, in this case a sea lion. There's value in teamwork.

Consumerism

Lots of products on display: Coca Cola, Morton Salt, Fizzie's, Sharper Image, Laidlaw buses, Johnson & Johnson, and Z LAX, Jr.

Drugs / Tobacco / Alcohol

The sneering villain is a chain-smoker.

  • Age appropriate
  • Not an issue
  • Depends on your child and your family
  • Parents strongly cautioned
  • Not appropriate for kids of the age

This information for parents is provided by Common Sense Media, a non-profit organization dedicated to improving kids' media lives.

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