Mr. Magoo (1997)
Movie InfoAction-adventure director Stanley Tong (Supercop, Rumble in the Bronx) did a change of pace by directing this live-action adaptation of UPA's bumbling, near-sighted Mr. Magoo the animated-series character created during the '40s by John Hubley and others for the cartoon short Ragtime Bear (1949). Millionaire Quincy Magoo (Leslie Nielsen) won't admit he needs glasses, so nephew Waldo (Matt Keeslar) removes obstacles in Magoo's path. At a museum exhibition, when Magoo steps up to cut a ceremonial ribbon but instead severs a power line, it sets in motion events making Magoo the target during an international manhunt -- while he continually escapes mishaps by inches. Greg Burson does the voice of Magoo in animated sequences at the film's beginning and end. During the '50s, the animated character (voiced by Jim Backus) led to two Oscars -- for the jazz-scored Rooty Toot Toot (1952) and the CinemaScope When Magoo Flew (1955). ~ Bhob Stewart, Rovi … More
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Critic Reviews for Mr. Magoo
By turns frenetic and flat-footed, Mr. Magoo is an uninspired live-action comedy.
If you really hate your kids, pack them off to this slapdash farce, whose only funny moment is the PC disclaimer at the end about the Disney company's humanist concern for blind people.
Incomplete as a cartoon, indecisive as comedy, halting as adventure, Mr. Magoo turns out to be a shortsighted project.
Here's where I'm supposed to suggest how the film might be better. But I can't think of anything to say other than to make the film again, with different writers and a new director.
Only a couple of good gags in its pileup of otherwise lame jokes keep the production from being an unqualified stinker.
Mr. Magoo is not just an insult to the blind and near-blind, it's an insult to every human being who has the misfortune to suffer through this dreadfully unfunny, 90 minute atrocity.
Nielsen, an actor who is either brilliant or abysmal depending on the material, veers towards the latter.
Stinkier than a visit to the local tip
Among those who will be insulted by this painfully unfunny comedy are women, the elderly and members of several ethnicities, as well as moviegoers with even the slightest modicum of taste.
Hopefully, this picture will force producers to think harder about which subjects have promise and which do not.
It's a mess best left to the nitrate ashes of forgotten film and television history.
When even the outtakes you see over the end titles don't raise a single titter, you know you're in trouble.
Audience Reviews for Mr. Magoo
I saw this one it originally came out, and thought it was a very bad film that didn't have anything going for it. This is one of Leslie Nielson's worst films, and it is an awful train wreck of a film with bad, stupid humor. This film is a total waste of time and it has absolutely no redeeming qualities about it. This is a stupid film from start to finish, one that really has no good comedic elements. This is sloppy filmmaking, and you can see that the end result wasn't too important for the filmmakers. I hated this film so much, and if you have the misfortune of seeing, it's one of those films that you wish you'd forget about. The film awful and with a poor script and poor performances, it fails at being a memorable comedy. The film should never have been made, and it falls flat more often than succeeds. This is a dreadful film definitely not worth your time. Considering that Nielson was in this, you'd think it would be funny. Unfortunately this is his worst performance ever, and it is a pointless comedy that just isn't funny. This film was bad, and had nothing going for it. With a poor script, poor acting and poor directing, this is one of the worst comedies that you could watch. Avoid this and watch something actually funny instead. Mr. Magoo is not a film worth watching, and it should be avoided. Watching paint dry was funnier than this film, and it is still to this day one of the worst comedies that I've seen, simply awful.More
I haven't ever watched the cartoon of Mr. Magoo, but I always heard what it was about. I don't know why, but when I heard about Leslie Nielsen (one of the best comedy actors there is) starring in "Mr. Magoo," I wanted to see it.
Mr. Magoo is a VERY visually impaired and wealthy man. He unfortunately gets involved in the middle of a plot that deals with thieves stealing extremely valuable jewels. Whether Mr. Magoo successfully gets out of the middle of the action or not, one thing's for sure, he sure needs a new eye doctor.
Unlike what I've read from some of the other reviews, I didn't think that Leslie Nielsen did a bad job at all in "Mr. Magoo." I do agree that the movie seems generic and that it is somewhat pointless, but I still moderately liked it. Mr. Magoo isn't trying to be funny, but he is, since he is nearly blind. You will see him do such things such as go fishing and catch a man, but think that he has a lunker of a fish, take what he thinks is a skiing detour, but that is actually the edge of a cliff, and a lot more.
I thought Leslie Nielsen did a great job of acting like he was nearly blind, and the rest of the people in the film did ok, but not great, with the exception of the dog, who was brilliant.
As for the movie itself, "Mr. Magoo" isn't one of the best comedies and it's not one of the funniest, but I did think parts were hilarious. But there were also many parts that tried to be funny, that didn't even make me grin. All in all, it's a mixed bag of laughs and failed grins. If you're a fan of comedy movies and Leslie Nielsen films, I would recommend renting "Mr. Magoo" before buying it. NOTE: That was my Amazon review from the year 2001.
Mr. Magoo Quotes
- Agent Chuck Stupak:
- It's Luanne Leseur, the Black Widow. She kills all of her male accomplices. No one has ever been able to finger her.
- Mr. Magoo:
- [talking to a bush who looks like his secretary] Goodnight Mrs. Winterbottom!... ugliest hair-do I've ever seen.
- Mr. Magoo:
- Ugliest child I've ever seen!
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