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The scientist father of a teenage girl and boy accidentally shrinks his and two other neighborhood teens to the size of insects. Now the teens must fight diminutive dangers as the father searches for them.

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Wayne Szalinski is your average "nutty scientist", working on a top secret machine that shrinks objects. When it unexpectedly starts working, he's so amazed he forgets to tell his family to be careful. And when they wander into his lab... Written by Murray Chapman <muzzle@cs.uq.oz.au>

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The point of the scorpion in the film is that the ant gives it's life to save Nick, Amy, Russ and Ron from the scorpion. See more »

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When getting out of the trash bag, Nick says they are a quarter of an inch tall. That would mean they are bigger than the ant. See more »

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[Wayne shows the Thompsons the shrunken furniture]
Mae Thompson: Why didn't you tell us earlier?
Diane Szalinski: Well, up until now, the machine just... blew things up.
Mae Thompson: Are you saying that that machine...?
Russell 'Russ' Thompson, Sr.: Blew up my kids?
Diane SzalinskiWayne Szalinski: No, no!
Wayne Szalinski: No, if the machine had blown up the kids, there'd be pieces of them everywhere...
Diane Szalinski: Wayne!
Wayne Szalinski: Sorry, but I'm positive about this. The machine shrunk our kids.
Russell 'Russ' Thompson, Sr.: You're the one who needs a shrink, Szalinski. You are a nut case. And I'll tell you something, I have got an air hammer in my attic and if you ...
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Great movie......well, for kids anyway.
25 January 2001 | by (Brooklyn, NY. (Where I'm from originally.)) – See all my reviews

This was another one of my favorite movies from my junior high years. In fact, this was the only Disney movie I have ever really liked. In this Rick Moranis plays a madcap misunderstood scientist who invents a 'top secret' project. Which is a machine that could shrink people and objects. And the machine eventually ends up zapping the kids into miniature size and they spend the their weekend getting through their own back yard instead of going fishing or to the mall.

I would suggest this movie for kids and the entire family to enjoy. I even showed this movie to my niece and nephew and there were some good results there. Now that I'm an adult, I can see this movie is entirely fits into the kids/family genre. The plot, characters, dailogue, and storyline were all rather well written. But I wouldn't recommend this movie for a bunch of college dormitory students. ;)

Rick Moranis is a very accomplished actor. He can play anything from a nerdy inventor to a buffoonish villain. Other than that, this movie is just plain kid's stuff and the humor is totally lowbrow. After reading my review you should know why I believe that. I give this movie and A+ for kids, and a C- for adults.


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