Picks and Pans Review: Scooby-Doo
Freddie Prinze Jr., Linda Cardellini, Matthew Lillard, Sarah Michelle Gellar
Finding himself pursued by saber-toothed monsters, Shaggy (Lillard), the most unkempt member of the quartet of mystery solvers who hang with the titular Great Dane in Scooby-Doo, announces, "This is the opposite of what I wanted to do today." Enduring this movie, we can relate.
A live-action version of the animated Hanna-Barbera series that has been running on TV since 1969, Scooby-Doo is loud, garish-looking, sloppily plotted, witless and relentless. An example: Shaggy and the speech-impeded talking pooch compete against each other in both belching and breaking-wind contests. The best thing about Scooby is its 85-minute length, but even that seems endless.
The haphazard plot has Shaggy, self-important Fred (Prinze Jr.), glamorous Daphne (Gellar) and brainy Velma (Cardellini) heading to an amusement park to figure out why its patrons are turning into zombies. Each actor has his or her moment, with Lillard's annoying Shaggy getting too many of them and Cardellini—the sharpest of the four—too few. Only when the digitally created Scooby is dominating the action does the film, briefly, amuse. (PG)
Bottom Line: Scooby Don't
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