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"FAT ALBERT"
(2004) (Kenan Thompson, Kyla Pratt) (PG)

Alcohol/
Drugs
Blood/Gore Disrespectful/
Bad Attitude
Frightening/
Tense Scenes
Guns/
Weapons
*None None Moderate Minor Minor
Imitative
Behavior
Jump
Scenes
Music
(Scary/Tense)
Music
(Inappropriate)
Profanity
Moderate None None Minor *Minor
Sex/
Nudity
Smoking Tense Family
Scenes
Topics To
Talk About
Violence
Mild None Moderate Moderate Mild


QUICK TAKE:
Comedy: A TV cartoon character and his friends arrive in the real world as real people to help a depressed girl find happiness in her life.
PLOT:
Doris (KYLA PRATT) is a north Philly high school student who's having a bad year. Not only does she have few friends, but her nice foster sister, Lauri (DANIA RAMIREZ), is very popular and has even taken over her spot as the star of their school's track team. After not being invited to a party, Doris is at home watching the "Fat Albert" cartoon when one of her tears hits the remote.

As the cartoon plays on the TV, the characters inside it take note of Doris' sadness and Fat Albert (KENAN THOMPSON) decides that she needs his help. Accordingly, he comes out through the TV and arrives in her living room in human form, followed by his friends Rudy (SHEDRACK ANDERSON III), Mushmouth (JERMAINE WILLIAMS), Bill (KEITH D. ROBINSON), Bucky (ALPHONSO McAULEY), Old Weird Harold (AARON A. FRAZIER) and Dumb Donald (MARQUES B. HOUSTON).

Doris initially thinks she's lost her mind and while she eventually accepts that they're real, she refuses to admit that she has a problem. Fat Albert insists that she does and is adamant about helping her, but she states that they have to go back to their show the following afternoon when it airs again.

Fat Albert sets out to get Doris some friends, but finds himself attracted to Lauri at the same time. That doesn't sit well with Reggie (OMARI GRANDBERRY), another student who, with the help of friend Arthur (J. MACK SLAUGHTER, JR.), sets out to make Fat Albert and his friends look bad.

With time running out and their vivid pastel colors starting to fade the longer they stay in the real world, Fat Albert and his friends race to accomplish their mission.

WILL KIDS WANT TO SEE IT?
Many younger kids may want to see it, especially if they're fans of the animated TV show.
WHY THE MPAA RATED IT: PG
For momentary language.
CAST AS ROLE MODELS:
  • KENAN THOMPSON plays an overweight, good-natured kid who wants to help others and comes out of his animated TV world into the real one to make Doris happy.
  • KYLA PRATT plays a teenager who's in a funk with low self-esteem after the prior death of her grandfather.
  • SHEDRACK ANDERSON III plays one of Albert's friends who makes the similar journey and likes Doris.
  • JERMAINE WILLIAMS plays their friend who has a speech impediment of some sort.
  • KEITH D. ROBINSON plays the "normal" kid in the bunch.
  • ALPHONSO McAULEY plays their buck-toothed friend.
  • AARON A. FRAZIER plays their lanky friend, the only one who can understand Mushmouth.
  • MARQUES B. HOUSTON plays a supposedly dimwitted guy who wears a cap that covers most of his face.
  • DANIA RAMIREZ plays Doris' teenage foster sister, an outgoing and popular orphan who's concerned about Doris.
  • OMARI GRANDBERRY plays a guy who likes Lauri, is upset that she likes Fat Albert, and is always trying to best and/or embarrass him and his friends.
  • J. MACK SLAUGHTER, JR. plays his lone friend.
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    OUR WORD TO PARENTS:
    Here's a brief summary of the content found in this PG-rated comedy. There's no direct profanity, but one character mumbles various words in a sort of gibberish, one of which sounds like the "s" word and others that cause another character to tell him to watch his mouth (various colorful phrases are also uttered). Some songs have mostly benign lyrics about admiring a woman's figure and telling a woman to shake her body. Some teens do some slightly sexy dancing and some wear slightly provocative clothing, while a character's butt is seen by others through his suddenly transparent pants, but we don't see anything.

    Various characters have bad attitudes (including one making verbal jabs at an overweight teen), some slapstick style material is present (but no one is hurt), and some kids may worry about the cartoon characters when their colors start fading in the real world. Some potentially imitative behavior occurs, while some teens talk about missing their parents and grandfather respectively. If you're still concerned about the film and its appropriateness for yourself or anyone else in your home who may be interested in seeing it, we suggest that you take a closer look at our detailed listings for more specific information regarding the film's content.



    ALCOHOL OR DRUG USE
  • None, but we see a "bar" and "cocktails" signs on the outside of a bar.
  • BLOOD/GORE
  • None.
  • DISRESPECTFUL/BAD ATTITUDE
  • Reggie calls Laurie "baby" (and she doesn't like that).
  • Back in the cartoon, an older kid knocks a makeshift periscope from a younger kid's hands. Later, he pushes the kid hard on a tire swing, sending the kid flying through the air through a junkyard. The kid lands and bounces off a mattress and is okay.
  • Reggie and Arthur make fun of Fat Albert. When Fat Albert says he won't take off his shirt to race Reggie, Reggie says that's good since "nobody wants to see all of that blubber." He also calls Fat Albert "fat man," "my oversized friend" and "this fat fool."
  • Reggie makes fun of Fat Albert's name.
  • Reggie tries to kiss Doris to make Lauri jealous. When she rebukes him, he makes a comment about her being lucky that he even asked her to dance.
  • A cartoon character acts slightly menacing toward a younger kid who hides in a car (as the character and his friends state that the junkyard is now theirs since Fat Albert is not around).
  • FRIGHTENING SCENES
  • Some younger kids may worry about Fat Albert and his friends as their colors continue to fade. That's especially true when Bill Cosby warns Fat Albert that he and the others will turn into celluloid dust if they don't return to their TV home.
  • A cartoon character acts slightly menacing toward a younger kid who hides in a car (as the character and his friends state that the junkyard is now theirs since Fat Albert is not around).
  • GUNS/WEAPONS
  • We see a fake machine gun mounted on the front of an arcade video game.
  • A starter's pistol is used at a track meet.
  • IMITATIVE BEHAVIOR
  • Phrases: "Aw fritt" (what Mushmouth says in what may be gibberish for the "s" word), "Chicks," "Why are you acting like such a loser," "Hey, hey, hey," "This is nuts," "Bizarre looking freaks," "You guys yanking my chain?" "A bunch of whackos," "Fat man," "You rock, dude," "That was tight," "So long sucker," "Holy cow," "What up, everybody?" "Off the hook," "My oversized friend," "Aren't you the hip hop fool?" "Shut up, dummy," "You're like school on Saturday - no class," "BFF" (Best Friends Forever), "You need to chill," "You gotta get your behind back in the TV" and "This fat fool."
  • Reggie calls Laurie "baby" (and she doesn't like that).
  • The cartoon versions of Fat Albert and his friends play some sort of game where they pile on top of each other.
  • Some kids might imitate Mushmouth in talking gibberish and/or Dumb Donald wearing a cap that covers much of his face.
  • We see a guy with spiked hair.
  • Reggie and Arthur make fun of Fat Albert. When Fat Albert says he won't take off his shirt to race Reggie, Reggie says that's good since "nobody wants to see all of that blubber." He also calls Fat Albert "fat man," "my oversized friend" and "this fat fool."
  • Back in the cartoon world, a kid ties his tormentor's shoes together, causing the latter to fall to the ground. The kid then jumps up and down on his butt.
  • Some high school girls at a party wear short skirts, while one wears a midriff-revealing top.
  • Lauri wears a low-cut dress, but nothing explicit is seen.
  • Doris whacks Mushmouth to make him stop talking about something to Lauri.
  • JUMP SCENES
  • None.
  • MUSIC (SCARY/TENSE)
  • None.
  • MUSIC (INAPPROPRIATE)
  • The term "chicks" is used in a song.
  • The beginning lyrics to "She's a Bad Mamma Jamma" have lines about admiring a woman's figure.
  • A song has a lyric about "shake your body."
  • PROFANITY
  • At least 1 possible gibberish version of the "s" word and 1 use of "Oh God."
  • Mushmouth says something that prompts Old Weird Harold to tell him to watch his mouth (but we can't tell what he said).
  • Mushmouth responds to a song lyric with his standard gibberish, prompting Old Weird Harold to again tell him to watch his mouth (we don't understand what he says and we don't hear the lyric that plays on a headset).
  • SEX/NUDITY
  • The beginning lyrics to "She's a Bad Mamma Jamma" have lines about admiring a woman's figure.
  • We briefly see the shape of nipples on a clothed female mannequin in a store.
  • Rudy briefly holds up some lingerie or a bikini top to his clothed chest in a store at the mall.
  • Some high school girls at a party wear short skirts, while one wears a midriff-revealing top.
  • A song has a lyric about "shake your body."
  • As Mushmouth does a rap consisting of gibberish, two girls do some slightly sexy dancing.
  • As the characters realize they're starting to turn see-through, the guys realize they can see Bucky's butt through his pants (we never do). One then says that that's what it looks like and another says it looks broken (since none have ever seen one). One of the guys then tries painting Bucky's clothed butt to cover up that see-through part.
  • Back in the cartoon, Harold's pants fall down and we see him in his cartoon boxers.
  • SMOKING
  • None.
  • TENSE FAMILY SCENES
  • Lauri says that she misses her dead parents a lot and makes related comments about that.
  • Lauri tells Doris that ever since Doris' grandfather passed away, she hasn't been the same.
  • TOPICS TO TALK ABOUT
  • Doris states that she doesn't have friends because she doesn't want any.
  • Lauri says that she misses her dead parents a lot and makes related comments about that.
  • Lauri tells Doris that ever since Doris' grandfather passed away, she hasn't been the same.
  • Having low self-esteem.
  • The comment that you can't let fear keep you from caring about someone.
  • We see Bill Cosby and some of his friends visiting a dead friend's gravesite.
  • VIOLENCE
  • As Fat Albert is stuck halfway in and out of the TV, Doris whacks him with a pillow.
  • The guys try to push Mushmouth back through the TV to their cartoon world, but we see his face smash up against the glass several times (played for laughs).
  • Back in the cartoon, an older kid knocks a makeshift periscope from a younger kid's hands. Later, he pushes the kid hard on a tire swing, sending the kid flying through the air through a junkyard. The kid lands and bounces off a mattress and is okay.
  • Fat Albert does a belly bounce to Rudy, accidentally knocking him down.
  • Back in the cartoon world, a kid ties his tormentor's shoes together, causing the latter to fall to the ground. The kid then jumps up and down on his butt.
  • Doris whacks Mushmouth to make him stop talking about something to Lauri.
  • Lauri accidentally closes a window on Fat Albert's fingers, causing him to fall off a ledge and to the street below (he lands in some curbside trash and is okay).
  • Doris and Lauri get a very weak Fat Albert on a skateboard. He ends up going out of control down some steps, accidentally knocks some people down or aside and crashes through a flower stand. He eventually flies through the air and lands on some steps, but is okay.



  • Reviewed December 18, 2004 / Posted December 25, 2004

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