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Maverick is a 1994 Western comedy film based on the 1950s television series of the same name, created by Roy Huggins. The film was directed by Richard Donner from a screenplay by William Goldman and features Mel Gibson, Jodie Foster and James Garner, as well as several cameo appearances. The film was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Costume Design. The story, set in the American Old West, is a first-person account by a wisecracking gambler Bret Maverick (Mel Gibson), of his misadventures on the way to a major five-card draw poker tournament. Besides wanting to win the poker championship for the money, he also wants to prove, once and for all, that he is "the best". However, complications keep getting in the way. Maverick rides into the fictional town of Crystal River intending to collect money owed to him, as he is $3,000 short of the poker tournament entry fee of $25,000. His efforts to make up this $3,000 provide some plot motivation, as well as diversions caused by, and in the company of, three people he encounters at Crystal River: an antagonist named Angel (Alfred Molina), a young con-artist calling herself Mrs Annabelle Bransford (Jodie Foster), and legendary lawman

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    ages 6+ | Worth Your Time

    The primary reason I use this website is to get an idea about age-appropriate content in great (and/or fun) movies with my children. Because of this, I'm always inclined to write a more in-depth review when we watch an older movie that doesn't have a review on the site. Maverick is one of these. The "fun" factor is still there in Maverick from what I remember when I first saw the movie more than 20 years ago. It's a Western, based on the 1950's tv show of the same name, with some overlapping story lines that doesn't take itself too seriously and manages to fit in just about every stereotypical character or plot device you can imagine. Like many "family-appropriate" movies from the 80's and 90's, I was a little surprised by some of the language. Although the overall content is very tame, you'll hear a little more profanity than what is common in PG films now. A fair amount of violence and some sexual innuendo, but mostly comical in nature. Like many other films, the stuff that's inappropriate for your kids will go over their head. The violence is far less than what your kids are likely seeing on tv (or even cartoons, unfortunately). A lot of the plot centers around playing poker (the main character is a gambler) and I've read at least one online review where they couldn't understand some of the major plot events because they didn't know the rules of poker. There were certainly a couple of questions from my kids about why people were winning or losing, but the film can be enjoyed just by knowing that cards are dealt at random and that certain cards result in better outcomes. I've rated it overall as OK for 6+, but my nearly 5-year old (who is fairly mature) handled it well and wanted to dress up like a cowboy the rest of the evening afterward. Kids younger than 6 or 7 will have more difficulty understanding the plot (some on-screen reading required at one point). All three of my kids loved it and it was enjoyable evening for me and my wife as well. Overall, a fun family film that has held up well over time.


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    Mel Gibson is delightful as the charming rambling gambler Bret Maverick in this big-screen remake of the beloved 1950s TV series. For those who don't know, "Maverick" was a Western with a wry and witty sense of humor, at once lampooning and embracing the genre as Bret became the first TV cowboy who would rather talk his way out of trouble than use his gun. And since James Garner originated the role of Bret Maverick on television, it was certainly inspired casting to bring him aboard the movie version, as U.S. Marshal Zane Cooper, who seems to be dogging our hero's every move. Add to the mix Jodie Foster as con artist Annabelle Bransford, demonstrating an unexpected flair for physical comedy, and Graham Greene, doing his patented comic American Indian with a "boy-you-white-men-sure-are-dumb" chip on his shoulder, and you have sure-fire comic potential. To a fair degree, that potential is achieved, but somewhere along the way, screenwriter William Goldman ("Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid," "The Princess Bride") and director Richard Donner (the "Lethal Weapon" movies) have forgotten how understated the source material was, instead going for more showy, elaborate set-pieces and big slapstick gags. Furthermore, Donner and Gibson confess to having adlibbed an awful lot of the wisecracking dialogue here, and it isn't always to the film's advantage. The storyline has Bret traveling around the countryside, catching up with old friends who owe him money. He's trying to get $25,000 together so he can enter a high-stakes, winner-take-all riverboat poker game being run by the Commodore (James Coburn). But Bret keeps bumping into the lovely and wiley Annabelle, who snuggles up to him so she can lift his wallet, as well as Marshal Cooper, who is apparently suspicious of Bret's gambling activities. Even more dangerous are Bret's encounters with the malevolent Angel (Alfred Molina), who has been charged with keeping him from reaching that championship game. In a series of loopy encounters, Goldman and Donner keep the adventure and the comedy at a high pitch, while rooting the film's sensibilities firmly in the '90s — unfortunately, that's the 1990s. There's a constant, glib winking-at-the-audience mentality that wears out its welcome after awhile, and some the comic action is just too bombastic. (Not that anyone ever accused Donner of subtlety.) Still, the pleasures here are many, including some surprise cameo appearances by movie stars, country singing stars and old TV Western stars. There is also a double or triple twist ending that will surprise you. It's easy to complain that the film isn't as wry and witty as any random episode of the old TV series, and where Garner's original character was low-key, dry and sophisticated, Gibson's seems more rough-and-tumble and histrionic. But Gibson is a pleasure to watch, Foster performs some wonderfully amusing slapstick and the reliable Garner, as always, is the epitome of smooth charm and unflappable sophistication. And the supporting players — especially Green and Molina — seem to be having fun. As a bonus, cinematographer Vilmos Zsigmond ("Close Encounters of the Third Kind," "The Deer Hunter") offers some fabulous footage of Southern Utah — down around Lake Powell — in the film's first quarter. "Maverick" won't win any awards . . . unless you count box office receipts. But fans of the stars will have a great time with this first popcorn picture of the summer season. (Or, with all the bad press popcorn's getting these days, maybe we should call it the first Raisinets picture of the summer season.) The film is rated PG for violence, profanity, some vulgarity and a comic sex scene.


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Okfor ages12+