In the early 1990s Disney animation was making a surge back to the top with some of the most inspired films they ever made, but it seems their live-action studio was taking a swift dive into the cellar. Newsies is a film that I watched thinking it was new-to-me and about halfway through I realized "I must have seen this on The Magical World of Disney, or something like that." The story is one that actually is rooted in the history of the newsboy strike in 1899 New York. They use that premise and put it in a musical that has songs written by Alan Menken which is definitely to its benefit, because they have catchy tunes that I can see people getting hooked on. The other big plus to these musical numbers are the large choreographed dance numbers. The dancing adds some extra pop to the musical numbers that made me smile, and you can totally see why someone was inspired to adapt this show for Broadway. My problem with Newsies is I have an issue with enjoying most child actors, and this movie is loaded with them. There's some obnoxious performances in this cast, they play extremely cheesy characters, and they use horribly false accents. Somehow even the adults bring themselves down to the kids' level and we get hokey performances from decent actors like Robert Duvall and Bill Pullman. So, while I had some fun with the story and about half of the songs/dances were really good, I couldn't get into the film simply because the acting was so lackluster. Your mileage may vary, but I suspect without nostalgia, Newsies will not connect with adult audiences.