Fat Albert

2006-03-30 12:59


When Fat Albert hears the cries of a lonely teenager named Doris through the TV, the big guy with the big heart stops what he is doing and dives headlong through the screen - and into the real world - to help her. His friends, Rudy, Mushmouth, Bill, Bucky, Old Weird Harold and Dumb Donald, follow him and are also transformed into flesh and blood.

Fat Albert, the ultimate problem solver, is determined to help Doris, even though she insists she doesn't need his assistance. But as Fat Albert slowly brings Doris out of her shell, he begins to undergo some changes of his own. For one thing he and his friends are fading. Even more significantly, Fat Albert has discovered love, courtesy of Doris' foster sister, a lovely high school student named Lauri.

As Fat Albert deals with his new feelings and challenges - and races to complete his mission and return to his world before he fades from existence - one thing is certain: While they do their thing, they're all gonna have a good time!

What the critics are saying:

"The screen version of the animated television series Fat Albert opens with a glint of promise. From there, the movie, alas, just lies down and dies."
- Manohla Dargis, New York Times

"The movie is sweet and gentle, but not very compelling."
- Roger Ebert, Chicago Sun-Times

"It's sad to see a comic veteran like Cosby pimping out his own franchise for a quick buck. But perhaps a rich old guy can't live on Jell-O pudding ad residuals forever."
- Leah McLaren, Globe And Mail

Bill Cosby fishes his portly cartoon hero out of the scrap yard of '70s icons, dusts him off and chucks him into this decidedly average live action film. Still, it's pleasant enough as long as you aren't expecting anything wildly original.

Julian 2005/08/04 7:10 PM
Ticked off Forget the critics, the movie was great. The characters were funny, the story was enjoyable and I politely ask anyone who even hints at Cosby "pimping out for a quick buck" to shove it
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