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Fred Savage stars in this warm-hearted family adventure that features the excitement and thrills of video game competition. Corey (Savage) refuses to let his emotionally disturbed younger brother Jimmy (Luke Edwards) be institutionalized, and the two run away together. They soon join forces with a resourceful girl (Jenny Lewis), who notices that Jimmy has a special talent: he is a "wizard" at video games and gets the high score on absolutely everything he plays. Evading their parents and a sinister bounty hunter, the trio head for a climactic showdown at the video game championships in California. Co-starring Beau Bridges and Christian Slater, it's an inside look at the world of video gamers that will have you cheering the whole way!
Movie Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes
- Reviews Counted: 18
- Fresh: 5
- Rotten: 13
- Average Rating: 4.3/10
Top Critics' Reviews
Rotten: Video-addicted kids may well find this exciting, but for anyone old enough to stay out later than 9 P.M. it's a distinct bore.
Rotten: Hollywood hucksters, zap them, have borrowed from Japanese game-pushers in this shameless attempt to sucker America's children.
Rotten: It was only after the three kids arrived safely at the championships that I began to question the ethics of the film, which is, among other things, a thinly disguised commercial for Nintendo video games and the Universal studio tour.
It almost makes me cry because the classics were the best. I loved those times. The 1980's were the best years of my childhood. End of conversation.
This movie is a classic! I remember watching this movie as a kid and I had to buy it! A must have!
Awesome movie! Now if only they had the soundtrack...
- Genre: Comedy
- Released: 1989
- © 1989 Universal City Studios, Inc. All Rights Reserved.