This is a great movie that your kids will enjoy—will laugh a lot at—but will make the adults groan. This is not the Little Rascals you grew up with, sort of.
Viewing this movie with the fondness of the past will cause pain; the anachronisms are too much to handle. In the same scene an ice cream man delivers a treat to school, a kid dances to music from his iPod. In another scene, we see an old time theatre, soda jerk shop, and bakery, but then a hummer pulls up. I get they wanted to show the new and the old, but it wasn't the same ol' Rascals.
The other issue I had was the over-acting. Aside from the venerable Doris Roberts, most of the adult actors did not correspond well with the children actors. It just seemed “off”.
That said, my kids enjoyed this movie. Adults falling, cakes blowing up, pets being turned different colors, cars rolling down hills: everything kids love to laugh at. In the end, isn’t that what counts?
I’m giving this four stars, not because of my own enjoyment, but because I believe every kid (whom this movie is meant for) will have a great time watching it.