Leave It to Beaver (film)

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Leave It to Beaver
BeaverMovie.jpg
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
Edited by Alan Heim
Production
  company
Robert Simonds Productions
Distributed by Universal Pictures
Release date(s)
  • 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 a 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 it on his upcoming birthday. He 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 he 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 he 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 teenage boy (Glenn Walker Harris Jr.) comes over, 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 was 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 boy who stole his bike, who challenges him to a dangerous stunt to climb into a gigantic coffee mug atop the local cafe, but when he does so, the boy rides off again and he is stuck. The fire department and Ward help get him 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. He, however, decides to go back to the team no matter how poorly he has been doing. During the last game, he gets a catch and runs it for a touchdown. At the Mayfield Festival, he chases after the boy who stole his bike and uses a concession stand to block his way and he ends up flying into a table of pies and slides down it with his face covered in pie and Beaver gets his bike back. At home, Ward sees him polishing it and he tells his dad that it 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 actresses from the television series

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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