|Leave it to Beaver/D,B|
Re-making old TV shows into features is a nineties
no-brainer from the studios, finding that a built-in audience should mean box office
bucks. Leave it to Beaver is a flat tire of a movie. It's a step backwards from the old
show. The moral of this "Beaver" tale is that families should give unconditional
love. The makers of Leave it to Beaver would like movie audiences to feel that way about
their movie. Sorry guys, you have to get a little more original, provide some genuine
laughs, and maybe even find a way to tug at the heart strings.
Even the actors are not up to the original in this
new Beaver. Is it the direction, the script, or the shadow of the past that casts a dark
cloud over their efforts? No matter. This is by-the-numbers movie making that even
struggles to elicit laughs from the youngsters.