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Fat Albert (2004)

PG  |   |  Comedy, Family, Fantasy  |  25 December 2004 (USA)
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Fat Albert and the Cosby Kids come to life and step out of their animated, inner-city Philadelphia world.



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An obese boy named Fat Albert and his friends Rudy, Mushmouth, Bill, Dumb Donald, Russell, and Weird Harold, pulls into trouble when they "fall" out of their TV world into the real world, where Fat Albert tries to help a young girl, Doris, make friends. However, the simple life of the group is interrupted when Fat Albert falls for Doris' older sister, Lauri, sparking his friends to worry that their leader may never want to return to his cartoon world again. Written by Anthony Pereyra <hypersonic91@yahoo.com>

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Rated PG for momentary language | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

25 December 2004 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Albert, o Gordo  »

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Box Office


$26,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$10,021,510 (USA) (24 December 2004)


$48,114,556 (USA) (1 April 2005)

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Some of the characters in the movie take their names from Bill Cosby's old sketches, such as his girlfriend's name of Doris, his running track at Temple and high jumping, and the "Buck, Buck" sketch that opens the cartoon part of the movie. See more »


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Mushmouth: [in pain after being unsuccessfully pushed head-first back into the television screen] My hebba hurt!
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A mildly amusing movie with great messages
13 February 2005 | by (Toledo, Ohio) – See all my reviews

Teenage Doris has a problem. No one wants to be her friend or invite her to their parties. As she is crying over the television's remote control, a tear drops into the device. As she happens to have a Fat Albert cartoon on the set, her sadness seeps onto the title character. Albert insists on jumping through the screen, along with his friends, to help her develop a more positive self image. While they are in the real world, the whole gang adapts to modern culture quickly. They never lose sight of their true goal, however. Will Fat Albert and his crew be able to better Doris' life? It is so satisfying to watch a film for teens and children that is determined to amuse and enlighten without objectionable material. Although the story is somewhat weak and a bit wandering, Albert and the actors playing the gang members are just wonderful, as is Doris and her lovely cousin, Laurie. Bill Cosby himself has a small part in the film, too. If you are a choosy parent, who screens every film before making a decision on a movie's worth, you will probably give thumbs up to this new entry into family features. It has an upbeat message that overcomes any weaknesses.

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