Fat Albert
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Bill Cosby's gang of childhood pals evolve from standup comedy to an animated cartoon series to real life in this family-friendly comedy. Doris (Kyla Pratt) is a teenager who doesn't fit in with most of her classmates at school, has been depressed since the death of her grandfather, and is disturbed by her foster sister's willingness to remake herself in order to be popular. One of Doris' few solaces comes from watching reruns of the animated television series Fat Albert and the Cosby Kids, and one day while watching the show she starts to cry, with a tear dropping into her… More
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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 23%

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"At the end of this weak comedy is a strange and touching scene in which Bill Cosby and his childhood pals from Philadelphia, now elderly men, gather at the grave of Albert Robertson, the real-life inspiration for Cosby's bighearted Fat Albert."
‑ J. R. Jones, Chicago Reader
"The movie feels small and flat."
‑ Kevin Crust, Los Angeles Times
"Cosby cartoon comes to life in tween-centered story."
‑ Nell Minow, Common Sense Media
"The movie is bland and boring, relying on lame jokes and a nonsensical story to carry the day."
‑ Ethan Alter, Film Journal International
"Can Cosby seriously believe that this is an idea worthy of his most lasting creation?"
‑ Peter Sobczynski, eFilmCritic.com
"The Cosby touch (he's co-writer and co-executive producer) is in full effect, schmaltz notwithstanding, as Albert and the gang run through their series of pleasantly diverting escapades."
‑ , Time Out
"Squeaky-clean but uninspired."
‑ Richard Roeper, Ebert & Roeper
"A bad movie, but I've seen much worse."
‑ Felix Vasquez Jr., Cinema Crazed
"I'm happy to report that Fat Albert captures a lot of its source's melancholy appeal"
‑ Bill Chambers, Film Freak Central
"Its messages are innocuous and may hold the attention of the littlest viewers, but older audience members may find themselves repulsed by their nostalgia."
‑ Marjorie Baumgarten, Austin Chronicle
"The sermonizing on behalf of good clean fun and hard old effort (Cosby co-wrote the script) is as faded as Big Al's sweater after too many days on earth."
‑ Lisa Schwarzbaum, Entertainment Weekly
"Every move toward promoting acceptance of differences comes with a conflicting idea."
‑ Carla Meyer, San Francisco Chronicle
"Director Joel Zwick ("My Big Fat Greek Wedding") helms this redundant and distinctively shabby movie that wasn't even filmed in Philly."
‑ Cole Smithey, Daily Radar
"Innocently directionless."
‑ Steve Head, IGN Movies
"... reminiscent of The Brady Bunch movie, but there's no sense of satire or self-parody to the execution."
‑ Sean Axmaker, Seattle Post-Intelligencer
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