Leave It to Beaver (film)

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Leave It to Beaver
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Theatrical release poster
Directed by Andy Cadiff
Produced by Robert Simonds
Written by Brian Levant
Lon Diamond
Based on Leave it to Beaver 
by Bob Mosher
Joe Connelly
Starring Christopher McDonald
Janine Turner
Cameron Finley
Erik von Detten
Erika Christensen
Adam Zolotin
Music by Randy Edelman
Cinematography Thomas Del Ruth
Editing by Alan Heim
Studio Robert Simonds Productions
Distributed by Universal Pictures
Release dates
  • August 22, 1997 (1997-08-22)
Running time 84 minutes
Country United States
Language English
Budget $15 million
Box office $10,925,060

Leave It to Beaver is a 1997 film that is a remake of the TV situation comedy series of the same name. There are many in-jokes related to the original series within the movie.[1]

Plot[edit]

Beaver (Cameron Finley) gets his heart set on a bicycle in the store window, but does not think his parents will shell out that money for it. Eddie Haskell (Adam Zolotin) tells him that if he sucks up to his father (Christopher McDonald), by signing up for football, he will be sure to get the bike on his upcoming birthday. Beaver enrolls on the football team and doggedly endures the practices, despite his disadvantage of being smaller than most his teammates. As Eddie predicted, Ward is glad Beaver signed up for football, as evidenced by a brief fantasy Ward has of Beaver making a touchdown while several professional football players all fail to tackle him. However, the first game of the season ends poorly when Beaver passes the ball to a kid on the opposing team when he mistakingly remembered him as a friend from summer camp. On the first day of school five days later, Ward and June (Janine Turner) tell Wally to drop Beaver off and pick him up for a few days because he has never ridden his bike there before. At school Beaver sits beside a very pretty girl named Susan Akatsu (Brenda Song) and has a kind teacher named Miss Landers (Grace Phillips). After school Eddie asks Wally to come to the soda shop to see him flirt with Karen (Erika Christensen). Eddie does not want Beaver to follow them, so Wally leaves him alone at the bike rack telling him he will be back in a second.

Beaver is polishing his bike when a punk teenager (Glenn Walker Harris Jr.) comes over and admires it and asks him if he can show him some cool bike tricks. He agrees and the boy shows him some tricks before riding off with the bike. Inside the shop it becomes apparent that Karen likes Wally, not Eddie. When Wally and Eddie come out of the shop and hear that Beaver's bike got stolen they look for it but can't find it. During dinner that night, the boys try to cover up the fact that the bike was stolen, but to no avail. When Ward hears this he is upset with Beaver, but angrier at Wally because he was responsible for watching Beaver. In the boys' bedroom, they get into a fight which sends Beaver's new computer flying out the window. Wally grabs the wire and tries to pull it in and does, but the wire breaks, and it falls out the window and crashes into many pieces.

Beaver decides to skip football practice and study instead, and Wally starts spending more time with Karen now instead of Beaver. Beaver catches up with the punk who stole his bike, who challenges him to a dangerous stunt to climb into a gigantic coffee mug atop the local cafe, but when Beaver does so, the punk rides off again and Beaver is stuck. The fire department and Ward help get Beaver down, whereupon Ward realizes Beaver may be under too much pressure. Ward says he has found out about Beaver's neglect of practices, but says he can quit the team if he wants. Beaver, however, decides to go back to the team no matter how poorly he has been doing. During the last game, Beaver gets a catch and runs it for a touchdown. At the Mayfield Festival, Beaver chases after the kid who stole his bike and he uses a concession stand to block his way and he ends up flying to a table of pies and slides through the table with his face covered in pie and Beaver gets his bike back. At home, Ward sees Beaver polishing his bike and tells his dad that the bike would be safer if it stays in the house and he decides to read Beaver a bedtime story whereupon in the boys' bedroom is a newspaper headline about the winning game, aptly titled "Leave It to Beaver".

Cast[edit]

Cameos by actors and actress from the original Leave it to Beaver.

The only three actors from the Original series, who didn't make a cameo in this film were Hugh Beaumont (the original Ward Cleaver), Tony Dow (the original Wally Cleaver) and Jerry Mathers (the original Beaver Cleaver). Dow declined to make an appearance after he, Brian Levant, and Richard Correll (the original Richard Rickover) were turned down to be the possible directors. It is not publicly known why Mathers didn't participate in this film. Hugh Beaumont died before the film was made.

Reception[edit]

The movie was poorly received by critics, as it currently holds a rating of 21% on Rotten Tomatoes based on 28 reviews.

Box office[edit]

The film grossed an estimated $10,925,062 in the United States and Canada. Compared to its $15 million budget, the film was a flop.

Home video release history[edit]

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