Leave It to Beaver (film)
|Leave It to Beaver|
Theatrical release poster
|Directed by||Andy Cadiff|
|Produced by||Robert Simonds|
|Written by||Brian Levant
|Based on||Leave it to Beaver
by Bob Mosher
Erik von Detten
|Music by||Randy Edelman|
|Cinematography||Thomas Del Ruth|
|Edited by||Alan Heim|
Robert Simonds Productions
|Distributed by||Universal Pictures|
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. The film features all the original regular characters, all played by new actors.
Beaver has his heart set on a bicycle in a store window, but does not think his parents will buy it for him. Eddie Haskell tells him if signs up for football, he will get it on his birthday. He joins the football team and endures the practices, despite his disadvantage of being smaller than his teammates. Ward is glad Beaver signed up for football, but the first game ends poorly when he passes the ball to a kid on the opposing team when he remembered him as a friend from summer camp. On the first day of school five days later, Ward and June 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 has a kind teacher named Miss Landers. After school Eddie asks Wally to come to the soda shop to see him flirt with Karen. Eddie does not want Beaver to follow them, so Wally leaves him alone at the bike rack telling him he will be back.
Beaver is polishing his bike when a teenage boy comes over 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, Karen likes Wally and not Eddie. When Wally and Eddie come out of the shop and hear that Beaver's bike was stolen they look for it but cannot find it. During dinner that night, the boys try to cover up the stolen bike. 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, but the wire breaks, and it crashes into pieces.
Beaver skips football practice and studies instead, and Wally spends time with Karen. Karen breaks up with Wally after reuniting with her ex-boyfriend. Beaver catches up with the boy who stole his bike, who challenges him to climb into a gigantic coffee mug atop the local cafe, but when he does, 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 found out about Beaver's skipping practices, but says he can quit the team, but Beaver goes back to the team. During the last game, he catches the ball and scores a touchdown. At the Mayfield Festival, he encounters the boy who stole his bike and chases him. Karen's boyfriend trips Beaver to help his little brother escape, and Wally retaliates by pushing him into a tub of chocolate fudge; Karen is also put off by her boyfriend's bullying and leaves him for Wally. Beaver uses a concession stand to block the way of the boy's bike and he ends up flying into a table of pies and slides down it 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 to Beaver.
- Christopher McDonald as Ward Cleaver
- Janine Turner as June Cleaver
- Cameron Finley as Theodore "Beaver" Cleaver
- Erik von Detten as Wallace "Wally" Cleaver
- Adam Zolotin as Eddie Haskell
- Erika Christensen as Karen
- Alan Rachins as Fred Rutherford
- E.J. de la Peña as Larry Mondello
- Justin Restivo as Lumpy
- Geoff Pierson as Coach Gordon
- Louis Martin Braga as Gilbert Bates
Cameos by actors and actresses from the television series
The movie was poorly received by critics, as it currently holds a rating of 21% on Rotten Tomatoes based on 28 reviews.
Home video release history
- January 20, 1998 (VHS, DVD, and LaserDisc)
- March 20, 2007 (DVD – Family Favorites 4-Movie Collection, with The Little Rascals, Casper, and Flipper) (Note: All of these films are presented in anamorphic widescreen.)
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