Picks and Pans Review: Toys

updated 01/11/1993 AT 01:00 AM EST

originally published 01/11/1993 AT 01:00 AM EST

Robin Williams, Michael Gambon, Joan Cusack

This is unlike any film you've ever seen, a Dr. Strangelove meets Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory. Although the movie often misfires, it's heartening that something this bizarre can get made in Hollywood. Donald O'Connor plays a benevolent toy-factory owner who tries, from beyond the grave, to teach his son, Williams, some responsibility. O'Connor cedes control of the company to Williams's demented uncle, Gambon, thus forcing Williams to win back control. To do that, he must battle Gambon, an Army general who turns the factory into a war machine. Although this seems like a perfect role for Williams, he is too subdued. The movie is stolen by Gambon and Cusack, who plays Williams's wigged-out sister.

Everyone in the movie acts like a big kid, and adult moviegoers will have to have the open mind of a child to enjoy the film. Toys should come with a caveat: some assembly required. (PG-13)

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