Dennis is at it Again

Don Rickles in Dennis the Menace Strikes Again! (1998)

As per usual George (Don Rickles) finds his day unintentionally spoiled by young neighbour Dennis (Justin Cooper) when he shows with loads of creepy crawlies for his birthday. But despite George's frustration at his young neighbour he finds himself becoming increasingly envious when Dennis' Grandpa (George Kennedy) shows up and makes George feel old by being up for anything. It leads to George being duped by a couple of con artists who trick him into thinking they can help him feel young again in exchange for thousands of dollars.

There is a scene in "Dennis the Menace Strikes Again!" where George and Grandpa end up having a dance off to "Play that Funky Music". Now if the thought of Don Rickles and George Kennedy comically doing some sort of body locking sounds amusing then chances are no matter what age you are you will enjoy this follow up to "Dennis". But if that sounds like a painfully cheese experience then with that being one of the movie's better scenes then clearly this movie isn't go to be for you and don't feel bad because this is really a comedy for children who enjoy the slapstick of falls, body sound gags and houses accidentally coated in cotton candy.

Betty White in Dennis the Menace Strikes Again! (1998)

Now what is clear about "Dennis the Menace Strikes Again!" is that whilst there is this storyline about Mr. Wilson feeling old and jealous of Dennis' fun loving grandpa most of the movie is just set piece gags. And surprisingly the majority of the gags work thanks to Don Rickles many facial expressions, even the cornier gags manage to make you laugh as much as groan. Although it has to be said that for a comedy made in the late 90s a gag featuring Scott 'Carrot Top' Thompson masquerading as an Indian really sticks out like a sore thumb.

What this all boils down to is that for the most "Dennis the Menace Strikes Again!" is an entertaining family comedy which whilst made for children is surprisingly good fun for grown ups at the same time. But it isn't a great movie and one which is reliant on set piece gags which tend to border on being corny more than anything.

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