Picks and Pans Review: The Computer Wore Tennis Shoes

UPDATED 02/20/1995 at 01:00 AM EST Originally published 02/20/1995 at 01:00 AM EST

ABC (Sat, Feb. 18, 8 p.m. ET)

B+

In a fun, facile remake of the 1970 Disney comedy, Kirk Cameron (Growing Pains) plays a goof-off college student who becomes, literally, a computer brain. In this updated version from Walt Disney Television, Cameron is wired directly into the Internet. Instead of fleeing a gangster, as Kurt Russell did in the original, our hero is suspected of being a notorious hacker.

The film is most enjoyable for its cast. Cameron's slacker roommate is played by Andrew Woodworth, who bears a striking resemblance to the late Kurt Cobain. Dan Castellaneta has a wonderful cameo, spoofing Alex Trebek as the host of a College Bowl-like TV show. And Larry Miller reprises his role as a weaselly campus administrator from Necessary Roughness. Of course, no light comedy from Disney would be complete without Dean Jones, here as a scheming scoundrel from a rival university.

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