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Well, the weekend is over. One of the things we did this weekend was go to the movies, to see Fat Albert. It seems that this movie is getting mixed reviews. Either you hated it or loved it. Personally, I thought it was a great rendition of the Fat Albert I remember. Some of the impressions of the cartoon characters were a bit more in tune with the politically correct views of the day (for example, it's not entirely obvious that Mushmouth is supposedly tripping over his own lips when trying to speak, but this was painfully obvious in the original cartoon). Keenan did a GREAT job as Fat Albert, and I think that he handled the role with supreme taste. The whole point of Fat Albert is a well-adjusted fat boy who doesn't let what other people say about him bother him. This came off well in his acting. I was very glad to see the Cosby family production values made it into the film. Two or three times they referred to the overuse of bad language, but did it in such a way as to not subject us to any f-bombs.
The end scene with Cosby and friends at Al Robertson's grave was wonderful, and it was a touching tribute. I hear that Ebert and Ropert didn't like it. Well, everyone is entitled to their opinion, no matter how wrong they may be. It was a good movie, folks, good enough to go see. Remember, though, that what you're seeing is fantasy, not reality. Schools today (even in my youth, and I'm 38) are bit more like Lord of the Flies than what you'll see here.
posted by Rich Gautier 1/10/2005