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A brilliant spy spoof and coming of age adventure
Robert Wagner stars as a young slacker who spends a vacation with his girlfriend's rich and powerful parents on their yacht, cruising the Mediterranean. The girl's father dislikes him as a potential match for his daughter and by challenging the young man to all manner of competition, humiliates him repeatedly, usually in front of his girlfriend. Utterly defeated, he takes the father's cue to " take just one of your ideas and stick to it to make it work", and starts seriously investigating the strange and sinister characters who have been interfacing with the father during the cruise. That's when the fireworks start. This picture is a cross between a coming of age/rebellious youth movie and a tongue in cheek James Bond adventure.
Kim Possible (2002)
Great animation - rotten messages.
Kim Possible is an unusual show because most story problems are solved by resorting to physical violence, yet it's meant to appeal mainly to girls.
That's not to say that as a superhero action adventure it doesn't attract lots of boys as well. Which is a shame, because the only male role models in this program are either comedic nerds or villains in some form.
The central theme of this show is represented by Kim Possible, who can do anything and her side kick, Ron Stoppable, who can't. Cute, except the juxtaposition of these strongly opposite characters makes a powerful statement on the roles of men and women in a show aimed solidly at formative age kids.
The main male character is Ron, the cliché good hearted slacker dingbat who accompanies the ultra accomplished (superheroine/head cheerleader/great student) Kim on her adventures as the "diversion" or target. While he's getting shot at and blown up, she's solving the riddles and beating up the bad guys. The signature running gag for this series is Ron losing his pants, sometimes 2 or 3 times an episode and often being humiliated in front of girls. The other male characters are unattractive nerds and the occasional romantic lead who's always a jerk. If the genders were switched on this program, it would be slammed as a misogynist fest.
In one utterly detestable episode, Ron and Kim switch bodies. Ron learns the lesson that it's "im-possible" for him to be the achiever Kim is and she finds out that her pathetic side kick is often beat up for his lunch money. Instead of Ron learning to stand up for himself, the solution is that Kim beats up the bullies that he isn't brave enough to face up to on his own. Way to foster character development in boys, Disney.
In summary, this program is like the Witch's apple in "Snow White". Beautiful production design and great animation hides a poisoned center. Parents with boys should steer their kids clear of this Disney offering.