The second of my entries in the Movie Dictator Club for the month of August, 2009!
Screenplay By: Paul Guay, Stepehn Mazur & Penelope Spheeris
Directed By: Penelope Spheeris
Maybe, just maybe a group of eight to ten year old kids talking and acting like adults is funny in small doses. Actually, I’m quite sure it would be funny in small doses. Unfortunately The Little Rascals is one large dose and it’s unbearable to sit through. Right off the bat you are confronted with the idea of small children walking, talking and acting like adults, and if this annoys you then the movie will annoy you. I was annoyed and spent most of the movie hoping that it would end so I could move onto anything else.
I don’t want to be mean, I really don’t. Clearly some people liked this movie and liked these characters, but I am not one of those people. I had no preexisting exposure to the shorts the movie is based off of, so nostalgia was never a factor for me. I was given a group of annoying characters and a weak premise and asked to go with it. I couldn’t, I tried, but I couldn’t do it. Scene after scene left me shaking my head at what was apparently supposed to be laugh inducing. I even tried looking at the film through the eyes of a child, and I realized there are plenty of films aimed at children that I love and it’s because they are funny, well written and more. The Little Rascals is a movie that as a child I wouldn’t have liked, and that is saying something, because I liked a lot of bad movies as a child.
The Little Rascals further confirms my belief that Wayne’s World was a lucky shot in the dark for Penelope Spheeris. How I could love one movie from a director so much and end up hating everything else she’s done so vehemently I don’t know, but she found a way to make this happen. I understand that I have been completely negative towards The Little Rascals, and I wish I didn’t have to be, but it is the rare movie that leaves me with nothing good to say. Wait, I take that back, I loved the dog, Petey was awesome, I would have watched a movie just about him, minus the annoying kids. I’m sorry FLYmeatwad, I tired, but The Little Rascals just wasn’t for me.