Recess: School's Out
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Based on the popular animated children's program Disney's Recess, this full-length film focuses on the end of a school year, where young pupil T.J. Detweiler is looking ahead to having a wild, fun-packed summer vacation. T.J. stumbles upon a plot hatched by the villainous Dr. Benedict, a former principal who once tried to strike recess from the average school day. Dr. Benedict hatches a scheme to control weather patterns with a specialized laser beam to create a permanent winter, making it impossible for the students to have a summer vacation. T.J. calls in all of his best pals to… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 61%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"Its well characterised comedy of playground manners and teasing social awareness rings confidently through."
‑ Geoff Andrew, Time Out
"About as exciting as a lunchbox full of carrot sticks."
‑ John Monaghan, Detroit Free Press
"Simply a TV episode blown up for the big screen."
‑ Nell Minow, Common Sense Media
"If you have to take the kids to a low-rent cartoon, this experience at least is enjoyably trippy."
‑ John R. McEwen, Film Quips Online
"These are definitely characters with comedic promise, but the movie is so concerned on establishing its big story, that it leaves them too far behind."
‑ Mark Dujsik, Mark Reviews Movies
"Whimsical, engaging."
‑ Christine Dolen, Miami Herald
"Passably speedy on the level of other TV retreads that seem miscast on the big screen."
‑ Mike Clark, USA Today
"It has my favorite characters and it's kind of like a mystery."
‑ Chris Gore, Film Threat
"This is a smart story and well paced."
‑ Dwayne E. Leslie, Boxoffice Magazine
"Adults will enjoy it more than they expect."
‑ Rich Cline, Shadows on the Wall
"Refreshingly subversive."
‑ Carrie Rickey, Philadelphia Inquirer
"It's fun, it's kind of somber and it succeeds in making you think about how you might be squandering middle age."
‑ Wesley Morris, San Francisco Chronicle
"The film never gets too far beyond disposable youth fare, best consumed like mouthfuls of sugary cereal."
‑ Marrit Ingman, Austin Chronicle
"Director Chuck Sheetz spins it into an enjoyable breeze. The humor regularly hits the mark, and the kid lessons are well baked."
‑ Tom Meek, Boston Phoenix
"Even if it did keep the ankle biters quiet for an hour or so, this still wouldn't be worth your money."
‑ Bob McCabe, Empire Magazine
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