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Festivale online magazine, April, 1998
Leave it to Beaver movie review
Leave it to Beaver

Hollywood is a hungry machine, and popular culture like old television series are often beamed up on the big screen.

In this production even the actors are TV favourites, Ma Cleaver is Maggie from Northern Exposure and Pa Cleaver is the deadbeat husband from Veronica's Closet.

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This Leave it to Beaver plays it straight, not trying to radically update middle America, nor trying to put the Cleavers in a time bubble like, say, The Brady Bunch.

The result is an innocuous piece of family semi-drama. Little Beaver is trying to con his dad into buying him a bike by using Dad's obsession with football. The result is a teeny little boy in a field of bigger kids on the path to a father-son bonding lesson.

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Obviously aimed at the kids, it won't bore the accompanying adults, and may even bring back fond memories for those who remember the original series (or the second series, or the telemovie...).

Father-son bonding must be on Hollywood's mind at the moment, since it is a major plot concern in Lost in Space also.

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Title: Leave it to Beaver (1998)
Written by: Brian Levant & Lon Diamond, based on the TV series created by Bob Mosher & Joe Connelly
Directed by: Andy Cadiff
Produced by: Ben Myron, David helpern, Lynn Arost
Edited by: Alan Heim
Director of Photography: Thomas Del Ruth

The Players: Christopher McDonald, Janine Turner, Cameron Finley, Erik von Detten, Barbara Billingsley, ken Osmond, Erika Christensen, Alan Rachins, Grace Phillips
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