Leave It to Beaver

1997, Comedy, 1h 28m

28 Reviews 5,000+ Ratings

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Declining to update the television series' sensibility for modern audiences while lacking in its requisite charm, Leave it to Beaver should have just left these characters in the past. Read critic reviews

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An all-American boy (Cameron Finley) grows up in suburban Ohio under the tutelage of loving parents (Christopher McDonald, Janine Turner) and an older brother.

Cast & Crew

Janine Turner
June Cleaver
Cameron Finley
Theodore "Beaver" Cleaver
Erik von Detten
Wallace "Wally" Cleaver
Adam Zolotin
Edward "Eddie" Haskell Jr.
Ken Osmond
Edward "Eddie" Haskell Sr.
Alan Rachins
Fred Rutherford
E.J. De La Pena
Larry Mondello
Justin Restivo
Clarence "Lumpy" Rutherford
Geoff Pierson
Football Coach Gordon

Miss Landers
Lynn Arost
Executive Producer
David Helpern
Executive Producer
Ben Myron
Executive Producer
Randy Edelman
Original Music
Thomas Del Ruth
Cinematographer
Alan Heim
Film Editor
Perry Andelin Blake
Production Design
Alan Au
Art Direction
Lisa Robyn Deutsch
Set Decoration
Jean-Pierre Dorléac
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Critic Reviews for Leave It to Beaver

Audience Reviews for Leave It to Beaver

  • Apr 28, 2012
    Leave it to Beaver is a painful family oriented comedy that is dreadful from start to finish. I felt that the film was poorly constructed, and did not withstand multiple viewings. I find that there are better family films out there than this, and this one just doesn't cut it. The acting is horrible, the script is bad and this is one awful, forgettable film that you should avoid. This is a failed attempt at bringing the classic TV show to the screen. I found nothing entertaining about this film, and nothing worked. For me, this film was just an awful mess, one that should never have been made. This is a lame excuse for a family oriented comedy, and it simply plays out on all the usual clichés that you'd expect from the genre. Even with a script rewrite, I don't think this film would have been watchable. Leave it Beaver fails on all fronts, and everyone involved in this mess should be ashamed. I thought this was too simplistic to enjoy, while most family comedies have a bit more substance, this film lacked that big time. This film failed at delivering anything really entertaining and fun. A pointless film that never should have seen the light of day, Leave it to Beaver is a film that misses the mark due to a bad script, and a painful cast. I hated this film, and it's one of those films that really is forgettable. A film that never should have been made, this is one of the worst family oriented comedies that I have seen.
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  • Jun 05, 2011
    its safe and a family friendly film, with good comedy and great kid friendly fun.
    Michael E Super Reviewer
  • Jul 19, 2010
    This movie was dogged but I always liked it. Watched it the other day (VHS) and was crackin' up muthatrucka haha, at least for the first half of the movie. Christopher "Shooter McGavin" McDonald is an underrated actor, he's great.
    Lenny M Super Reviewer
  • Jul 24, 2007
    The 1997 TV adaptation movie combines countless themes and storylines from various episodes of the original series, a technique that is enjoyable and funny. The actors are great, and it is wonderful to see some of TV series' cast making cameos in this film.
    Dean M Super Reviewer

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