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Dennis the Menace Strikes Again! (1998)

G | | Family, Comedy | Video 14 July 1998
Hey, Mr. Wilson! It's another Dennis the Menace movie! The day starts out fine, it's Mr. Wilson's birthday and guess who shows up uninvited? Dennis and a few of his bug friends. After ... See full summary »

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Hey, Mr. Wilson! It's another Dennis the Menace movie! The day starts out fine, it's Mr. Wilson's birthday and guess who shows up uninvited? Dennis and a few of his bug friends. After getting a cake in the face and falling down the stairs in a wagon, Mr. Wilson wishes Dennis had another old man to bother. His prayers are answered when Dennis' grandfather comes over announcing he's gonna move in! So once again all is fine until Mr. Wilson finds out he's getting old and Grandpa can do everything better than Mr.Wilson. One day at an amusement park, Mr. Wilson meets The Professor and his assistant Sylvester who claim to be specialists in making people younger--for a price. It's a scam but Mr. Wilson is to naive to know. Well the first few attempts at decreasing Mr. Wilson's age fail, thanks to Dennis. Mr. Wilson tries to do things better than Grandpa when he follows them to the swimming pool but he fails. But it's young Dennis who catches the swindlers at their own game when Wilson wants ... Written by Anonymous

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One of the bad guys says, "We're from the government, and we're here to help," which Ronald Reagan said were words you would never want to hear. See more »

Goofs

Obvious stunt double when Mr. Wilson falls off the scaffold and lands in a wheelbarrow. See more »

Quotes

Martha Wilson: George, I thought you hated tea.
[Stays still for a while]
Martha Wilson: What is that terrible smell? A dead rat. George, what in the world?
George Wilson: It's gardening food. No, no, it's for planting. It's planting food, it's for gardening. Planting food and gardening.
Martha Wilson: George, are you all right? I mean lately you've been acting strange and even more more strange than usual.
George Wilson: Nonsense, nonsense!
[Sips the tea which then has a brown spot on his lip while Martha gets grossed out]
George Wilson: Everything is fine.
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Referenced in Shameful Sequels: Dennis the Menace (2015) See more »

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Play That Funky Music White Boy
Written by Rob Parissi (as Robert W. Parissi)
Performed by Wild Cherry
Courtesy of Epic Records
By Arrangement with Sony Music Licensing
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Classy production for the kids
13 April 2002 | by (New York City/Colorado Springs) – See all my reviews

This is a cute, good-natured take on the Dennis the Menace story. You have vivid cinematography and appropriate directing/editing, some fine veteran actors doing their bits with utter comic professionalism, and amusing situations. It is all light-hearted, the villains are simply played for laughs (they could have given the Carrot guy more to do), and Don Rickles manages to keep his hammy tendencies under control. To take this seriously or think this is anything more than a vehicle for everyone to have fun is to miss the whole point - there is a definite place for films like this.

Most of all, it is simply nice seeing some familiar faces better known from many, many other roles and venues just buckling down and giving amusing performances that are just right for the characters. Come on, where else are you going to see ol' Don Rickles leap off a diving board or hang from a roof or have a hockey puck stuck in his mouth?

Kids (at least the ones I know) enjoy the Walter Matthau version, and they should this one, too. It is a family show that showcases the adorableness of all involved with tongue-in-cheek shenanigans and knowing silliness. Personally, I think Rickles is better suited to the Wilson role simply because he is inherently hammier and better supplied with expressions of pain and frustration (which are called for constantly in this role). The Matthau version was fine, too, just a little less saccharine and clearly intended for theaters. This no doubt intentionally plays like a tv movie, but a very good one.

A classy production in the Disney channel mold with no pretensions, perfect for family viewing.


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