Release year: 1994
Director: Rupert Wainwright
Screenwriter: Blake Snyder, Colby Carr
Starring: Brian Bonsall, Karen Duffy, James Rebhorn, Jayne Atkinson, Miguel Ferrer, Michael Lerner, Rick Ducommun
Eleven-year-old Preston (Bonsall) is fed up with having no money. When the bank robber Quigley (Ferrer) runs over his bike after arranging for his associate at the bank to deliver the $1,000,000 he has hidden after a robbery to his accomplice, he hurriedly hands a check that turns out to be blank. Preston fills it out for $1,000,000 and goes to the bank, where he is mistaken for the accomplice and handed the money. But Quigley wants them back, only question is: can he get them back before Preston spends them all?
There aren’t many surprises in this live-action Disney family flick, but it is entertaining watching a kid on the loose with a big bag of money. Especially other kids will get a kick out of watching Preston of a spending spree. The dangerous situation never gets to bleak for kids and Ferrer (Robocop, 1987) never gets beyond Pesci in Home Alone (1990) scary while Duffy (Dumb and Dumber, 1994) is sugar sweet as the agent undercover at the bank. The sweetest moments are those between Bonsall (Mikey, 1992) and his chauffeur buddy Henry, played endearingly by Ducommun (the ‘Burbs, 1989) and the sad realization that Preston is a lonely kid invites to a climax tying up all ends. Sweet and funny but nowhere near the similar Home Alone (1990).
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