Inspector Gadget

on July 23, 1999 by Tim Cogshell
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   John Brown ("Election's" Matthew Broderick) is an affable security guard at a high-tech robotics lab, but he dreams of becoming a real policeman someday. His life quickly changes when the evil Dr. Claw ("An Ideal Husband's" Rupert Everett) sets out to steal a breakthrough robotic foot from its inventor, Brenda (Joely Fisher of TV's "Ellen"), a scientist on whom John has crush. During the theft, Claw kills Brenda's father and blows up the hapless John. Distraught over the loss of her father and her bionic foot, Brenda convinces the mayor ("Saturday Night Live's" Cheri Oteri) to let her turn the severely wounded John Brown into the world's first cyborg crime-fighting machine--Inspector Gadget.
   From Gadget's endless cadre of internal gizmos--he's a human Swiss Army Knife--to his Gadgetmobile (the voice of D.L. Hughley), "Inspector Gadget" keeps its animated origins (it was a TV cartoon series in the '80s) well in mind. Eventually, the not-too-bright Gadget gets on the trail of Dr. Claw and, with a good deal of help from his niece Penny ("Harriet the Spy's" Michelle Trachtenberg) and his dog Brain, he eventually saves the day and gets the girl.
   This is a movie for very young children; patrons aged 10 and under should enjoy it thoroughly. Mercifully for their adult chaperones, the entire thing is only 77 minutes long. Starring Matthew Broderick, Joley Fisher, Rupert Everett, Michelle Trachtenberg, Dabney Coleman, Andy Dick and Cheri Oteri. Directed by David Kellogg. Written by Dana Olsen and Kerry Ehrin. Produced by Roger Birnbaum, Jonathan Glickman, Andy Heyward, Gregg Hoffman, Jordan Kerner and Aaron Meyerson. A Buena Vista release. Rated PG for wacky violence and innuendo. Running time: 77 min
Tags: cartoon, Disney, special effects, remake, adaptation, Matthew Broderick, Joely Fisher, Rupert Everett, Michelle Trachtenberg, Dabney Coleman, Andy Dick, Cheri Oteri, David Kellogg
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