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Five 2nd-grade kids who don't follow strict rules by their school principal Brinway are dubbed "Stinkers" by him. On the class visit to an aquarium the Stinkers decide that a sea lion called Slappy doesn't feel too good there, "free" him, and plant him into Brinway's hot-tub. Written by
After watching a bunch of low-budget 80s movies with a friend, I decided it was time to focus on movies at least one of us remembered watching while growing up. Thus, this film.
It's a kid's film, that much is obvious. But good kid's films are enjoyable for all ages, even if children will get the most out of them. This is why movies like "The Goonies" or "Heavyweights" work, and this is also why "Slappy and the Stinkers" is lame.
The humor generally goes something like this:
Person #1: OH BOY, THINGS SURE ARE GOING JUST FINE RIGHT NOW
Person #2: OH HEY I DID SOMETHING, I WONDER WHAT HAPPENS NEXT
Cue something bad happening to Person #1.
Even as a kid I thought this sort of humor wasn't funny.
The kids see Slappy, a sealion, and decide that he wants to be liberated from his life as a zoo attraction. The villain, however, wants to capture Slappy and sell him to a... Bulgarian circus.
The villain is a blatant case of "the stupid adult," probably the most overused cliché in kid's films besides the bully (of which there's two in this film.) In a good kid's film, such as the aforementioned "Heavyweights," the adult villain's irrational behavior has a reason behind it. In a bad kid's film, such as this one, no reason is given as to why a successful smuggler of zoo animals loses all notions of competence when up against children. This makes the conflict between the villain and the kids uninteresting and unfunny.
B.D. Wong and Bronson Pinchot are the only actors with remotely funny lines, but I stress "remotely."
You won't be traumatized from watching this film, but you will wish you saw a better movie.
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