Malcolm (Frankie Muniz) is in the middle of an implausible but fun and ludicrous Home Alone
kind of Saturday morning popcorn flick for 9-year olds who need to escape
from their intense third-grade woes. Here, the sitcom star
goes to Hollywood as the boy who cried wolf and needs to prove to his
used-to-proud pop that a slumming bigwig film producer (Paul Giamatti) stole
his ticket out of summer school and transformed it into a big budget summer
blockbuster. But when the pompous producer refuses to fess up, little Muniz
infiltrates Universal Studios to pull several Macaulay Culkin-like pranks
from orange dye in the shampoo bottle to rewiring the convertible BMW.
Director Shawn Levy creates endless situations that could and would never
happen, a supporting cast of caricatures, and an Erkel cop with a
crime-fighting poultry sidekick, but the three-time Golden-Globe nominee
makes a decent transition from TV to film that will hold
the audience and keep them entertained throughout.
Director: Shawn Levy
Cast: Frankie Muniz, Paul Giamatti and Amanda Bynes