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Dennis the Menace (1993)

PG | | Comedy, Family | 25 June 1993 (USA)
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When his parents have to go out of town, Dennis stays with Mr. and Mrs. Wilson. The little menace is driving Mr. Wilson crazy, but Dennis is just trying to be helpful. Even to the thief who's arrived in town.



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Everyone's favorite kid from the comics is back. When his parents have to go out of town, he stays with Mr. and Mrs. Wilson. The little menace is driving Mr. Wilson crazy, but Dennis is just trying to be helpful. Even to the thief who's arrived in town. Written by Brian W. Martz <B.Martz@Genie.com>

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America's classic kid in a classic comedy! See more »


Comedy | Family

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG for comedic mischief | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

25 June 1993 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Dennis  »

Box Office


$51,270,765 (USA)

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Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?


According to Christopher Lloyd, after filming the scene where his character spears Gunther's apple with a knife and eats it, Hank Johnston, the young actor playing the role, was so frightened of Lloyd, that he wouldn't approach him afterwards on the set. See more »


When Switchblade Sam takes an apple away from Gunther with his switchblade, the hand is obviously a fake plastic hand rather than the little boy's, as it wobbles when the switchblade makes contact with the apple. See more »


[first lines]
Dennis: Hey, Mr. Wilson!
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Referenced in The Simpsons: Brake My Wife, Please (2003) See more »


Whatcha Know Joe
Written by James Young (as James Oliver Young)
Performed by Jo Stafford
Courtesy of Rod McKuen/Stanyan Records
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Entertaining and funny, where I think the pros outweigh the cons
30 September 2010 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

This is far from a perfect family comedy, but I consider it one of the most underrated ones. Amy Sakasitz as Margaret Wade is rather annoying and the usually excellent Christopher Lloyd is sadly over-the-top and distracting as Switchblade Sam complete with a subplot that was a little too violent and doesn't fit with the overall tone of the movie. However, Dennis the Menace despite what its reputation and rating suggests is actually very entertaining and does a pretty good job with the transition from comic to movie. It has been criticised for taking too much ideas from the Home Alone movies and I suppose that's true with the sight gags, but I personally think the sight gags are funny. The cinematography is good, the soundtrack is fun, the story while predictable is well structured and interesting, the pacing is brisk and the direction is efficient. And the acting with exception of Lloyd is not bad at all. Mason Gamble thankfully isn't the annoying brat I was expecting prior to seeing this film, instead he is cute and funny as the mischievous yet well-meaning Dennis, while Walter Matthau from the facial expressions to the delivery of the dialogue is brilliant as Mr Wilson. Joan Plowright is also very touching and Lea Thompson and Robert Stanton also do well as Dennis's parents. In conclusion, it is a decent and entertaining film. 8/10 Bethany Cox

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