A remake of the television series, Matthew Broderick stars as Gadget, who suffers an accident at the beginning of the film, and befriends Brenda, a robotic surgeon who repairs Gadget so that he can defeat the villain Claw. In the meantime, Gadget and Brenda fall in love. Written by
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Throughout the film, Dr. Claw makes no effort to hide his face. This is a far cry from the animated series on which the film is based - in the cartoon the villain's face was never shown. See more »
When Robo Gadget, jumps out of the police chief's window, we see him do several front flips, but as soon as he lands on the ground, he does a back flip. See more »
[during the credits, RoboBrenda is doing an exercise show that only she can do, as she is spinning seemingly uncontrollably]
And kick, and kick and kick and kick and kick and kick and fall!
[RoboBrenda falls off the deck onto the beach which isn't too far down]
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While the credits are running, there is a scene with Penny creating the communication system with Brain, who speaks in the voice of Don Adams doing Inspector Gadget (cartoon). Later on, when the credits list the voice of Brain, they add the parenthetic "(really!)" after Don Adams. See more »
I used to have a fascination with the cartoon back in college when it was being made. It had much the charm of "Get Smart". While it admittedly had its faults, it was rather enjoyable.
Naturally I was very interested in seeing the film version. That was before I saw it. Afterwords I wished it had never been made.
Besides being miscast all around (who on Earth though Broderick was even close to the role?) it just didn't make the grade.
The effects were reasonable and perhaps the ONLY thing I liked about the movie; seeing a live-action version of the gadgets in action! What was missing was a story and treatment which made it funny or charming or interesting.
The original was a wacky cartoon with a very lighthearted attitude. It was FUN. The motion picture became murky and took itself FAR too seriously. If it had seriously had a great plot or went crazy enough to make it seem like a "cartoon on film" it might have been enjoyable.
As it exists it doesn't deserve to be considered part of the "Gadget Legacy".
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