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Danny DeVito's adaptation of the Roald Dahl book for children is mostly just fine, helped along quite a bit by the charming performance of Mara Wilson (Mrs. Doubtfire) as young Matilda, a brilliant girl neglected by her stupid, self-involved parents (DeVito and Rhea Perlman). Ignored at home, Matilda escapes into a world of reading, exercising her mind so much she develops telekinetic powers. Good thing, too: sent off to a school headed by a cruel principal, Matilda needs all the help she can get. DeVito takes a highly stylized approach that is sometimes reminiscent of Barry Sonnenfeld (director of Get Shorty, a DeVito production), and his judgment is not the best in some matters, such as letting the comic-scary sequences involving the principal go on too long. But much of the film is delightful and funny. The DVD release has a pan-and-scan, full-screen presentation only, plus Dolby sound and optional French and Spanish soundtracks. --Tom Keogh

Cast

Mara WilsonMatilda
Danny DeVitoMr. Wormwood
Rhea PerlmanMrs. Wormwood
Embeth DavidtzMiss Honey
Pam FerrisTrunchbull
Paul ReubensFBI Agent
Tracey WalterFBI Agent
Jean Speegle HowardMiss Phelps
Jacqueline SteigerAmanda Thripp
Jon LovitzMillion $ Sticky Host

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  • Genre: Family Movies
  • Director: Danny DeVito
  • Producer: Columbia/Tri-Star
  • Length: 95 mins
  • Aspect ratio: 2.35:1
  • Theatrical Release
    North AmericaAug 2, 1996
  • Ratings
    North AmericaPG
    EuropePG
    AustraliaPG
  • DVD Release
    North AmericaJul 22, 1997
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