Leave It to Beaver (1997)



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Movie Info

The Cleaver Family makes the jump from the small black and white screen to color and Panavision in this updated version of the classic TV sit-com. Eight-year-old Theodore "Beaver" Cleaver (Cameron Finley) is a good natured kid with a habit of getting in trouble; he's not bad, mind you, just a bit absent-minded. Beaver lives with his 12-year-old brother Wally (Erik Von Detten), his father Ward (Christopher McDonald), and his mother June (Janine Turner) in a small town in Ohio. Beaver wants a new … More

Rating: PG (for mild language and some elements of sensuality)
Genre: Television, Kids & Family, Comedy
Directed By: ,
Written By: Bob Mosher, Joe Connelly, Lon Diamond, Brian Levant
In Theaters:
On DVD: Jan 20, 1998
Universal Pictures


as June Cleaver

as Beaver Cleaver

as Wally Cleaver

as Eddie Haskell

as Aunt Martha

as Eddie Sr.

as Frank

as Fred Rutherford

as Coach Gordon

as Miss Landers

as Larry Mondello

as Richard Rickover

as Judy Hensler

as Claire Hensler

as Dr. Beaumont

as Female Reporter

as Lusty Girl

as Bert, the Pie Man

as Cute Girl

as Referee
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Critic Reviews for Leave It to Beaver

All Critics (29) | Top Critics (10)

[The] dead-on imitations of some of the characters from the television series created by Bob Mosher and Joe Connelly will seem pointlessly stylized to viewers unfamiliar with the old sitcom.

Full Review… | May 19, 2008
Chicago Reader
Top Critic

Fuzzily conceived and blandly executed.

Full Review… | May 19, 2008
Top Critic

The Cleavers have come to represent the stereotype of the white-bread family.This reverent '90s remake doesn't do much to challenge it.

Full Review… | April 12, 2002
Globe and Mail
Top Critic

Leave It to Beaver just stumbles about in a bland, irony-deprived suburbia that denies the movie any juice or bite and renders the Cleaver family even duller than it was.

Full Review… | January 1, 2000
San Francisco Chronicle
Top Critic

The result is depressingly halfhearted.

January 1, 2000
USA Today
Top Critic

Credit the makers of Leave It to Beaver for their kindliness.

January 1, 2000
Houston Chronicle
Top Critic

Audience Reviews for Leave It to Beaver

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.

Alex roy

Super Reviewer


its safe and a family friendly film, with good comedy and great kid friendly fun.

michael e.
Michael Edwards

Super Reviewer


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 Muggsy

Super Reviewer

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