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Dennis the Menace (1993)

PG | | Comedy, Family | 25 June 1993 (USA)
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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He's armed... He's adorable... And he's out of school for the entire summer. See more »

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Comedy | Family

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Rated PG for comedic mischief | See all certifications »

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$51,270,765 (USA)
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Arnold Stang's final movie performance. See more »

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When the policeman drives up to Switchblade Sam he is clearly in the driver's seat. Then he is suddenly in the passenger seat when he calls Switchblade over. In the next view he is then out of the car on the driver's side again. See more »

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[first lines]
Dennis: Hey, Mr. Wilson!
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Followed by A Dennis the Menace Christmas (2007) See more »

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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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