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5 out of 6 people found the following review useful:

The last great family movie? No, but a very fine one just the same

7/10
Author: Amy Adler from Toledo, Ohio
25 April 2007

Ian is sent from Chicago to Wisconsin for a summer vacation at his grandmother's. He takes his beloved dog, Bentley, with him and is prepared to be bored in his new surroundings. Huh, is he in for a surprise! Not only is there a Dairy Queen, but the neighborhood also sports a neat girl named Juliet AND a semi-haunted house with a mysterious old inhabitant (Ernest Borgnine). It has been rumored that he was involved with the mob and that there is a fortune hidden somewhere on the property. What is sure is that the old man is a grump and that he has a beautiful old automobile stuffed into the garage. Juliet longs for a ride in the car and to find the fortune so she enlists Ian's help. There may be a relative out to discover the bags of money himself, complicating things. Was this supposed to be a boring summer, you say? This is a very nice family movie. Borgnine and Eileen Brennan, as the grandmother, are fine actors and fulfill their roles with ease. The children are adorable and the gold-digging relative and his girlfriend are funny, funny. The small town Wisconsin atmosphere is gorgeous, making one want to change living arrangements. Then, too, the costumes are also fine and the beautiful old car just marvelous. Oh, and one more thing! The darling dog Bentley "talks" to the viewers, at times, and his presence adds greatly to the film's overall impact. If you wish to sit down with your loved ones and share a contended evening, you could hardly do better than this family film. It's humor, mystery, and warmth will make for a peaceable kingdom at the homestead, if only for a couple of hours.

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3 out of 5 people found the following review useful:

Enjoyable family movie.

10/10
Author: anonymous
3 January 1999

Finally, a comfortable family movie with a strong cast: an antique car,Mr. B, Ms. B, two gifted young actors and a dog. No need to worry about anything offensive unexpectedly coming toward you, but the plot is complex enough to be interesting to adults and children alike.

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2 out of 6 people found the following review useful:

GREAT Family Movie

Author: nll87s from United States
26 January 2007

One of the best family movies I've seen in years!! It's not nasty, NO SEX, NO PROFANITY!! I've gotten so sick of the pervert sex, and profanity movies. My son's loved it one is 14 the other 11. Finally a movie that didn't make me blush while watching with my kids!!! We all love it!!! We loved the car and seeing some of my favorite stars of the 80's.

If your looking for a movie you can sit down and enjoy someone not being shot up or someone shooting up. This is it.

Ps any one who is a old car buff will enjoy this movie. A great MOVIE!!!!!!! Anyone will love this movie. Unless your hooked on the puke today that they try to pass off a movie. Today this movie got gas (especailly with the car in the movie) But at least it won't give you gas.

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2 out of 11 people found the following review useful:

Lame and boring

3/10
Author: tomlindh from Elizabeth, Colorado
5 March 2001

This is a great movie for pre-teens, but no one else.

There is no violence, no sex, no profanity or anything else offensive, in the end good wins over evil, the good guy gets the girl, and everyone lives happily ever after.

For anyone more mature than 12, the acting was bad, the plot and storyline were worse.

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