- compiled by Jeffrey Overstreet Copyright Christianity Today International
- 2005 1 Jan
Joel Zwick, the director of
Critics are undecided as to whether to offer their own stamps of approval.
Steven Isaac (Plugged In) says, "Leave it to Bill Cosby to preserve
But David DiCerto (Catholic News Service) alters the famed cartoon character's slogan and says, ""Hey, hey, hey! Don't throw your money away!" He's disappointed in Kenan Thompson, who plays the lead: "His impersonation of the character's signature gravelly voice is inconsistent." And he concludes, "While imparting the same sort of positive life lessons, the family-friendly film lacks the intelligence, originality and fun of the groundbreaking Saturday morning show."
Lori Souder (Christian Spotlight) disagrees. "This movie is sweet and funny and clever and fun. I enjoyed every minute of it, but some children with short attention spans may find it hard to sit through. I think that the people who will most enjoy this movie are the fans of the original TV series because they will understand the innocence of the Fat Albert characters."