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Scooby Doo / Scooby-Doo

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Tookey's Rating
3 /10
Average Rating
2.67 /10
Shaggy: Matthew Lillard , Fred: Freddie Prinze Jr. , Daphne: Sarah Michelle Gellar
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Directed by: Raja Gosnell
Written by: Craig Titley and James Gunn, based on characters created by Hanna-Barbera Productions

Released: 2002
Origin: US
Colour: C
Length: 87

A colourful, live-action version of the popular children's cartoon, about a group of elderly-looking teenagers who unite to solve crimes with the help of an ever-hungry Great Dane.
Reviewed by Chris Tookey

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As the team convenes to discover the reason for weird goings-on in the Spooky Island theme park (proprietor: Rowan Atkinson) you have to admire the energy of Matthew Lillard, Sarah-Michelle Gellar and the other actors, who cavort around with the loopy enthusiasm of children's TV presenters.

The silly, largely incomprehensible storyline is pitched squarely at children between five to eight. In such a context, the copious drug references and post-modernist attempts to poke fun at its own stupidity seem pointless. Adults will groan at the two-minute sequence where two of the heroes indulge in a contest to see which can break wind more loudly. Is this really what special effects were created for?

I remember when The Flintstones came out, critics bemoaned it as the ultimate example of Hollywood dumbing down. Compared to this, it was a model of wit, sophistication and logical plotting.

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