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A Poor Effort, But With Some Enlightening Moments
on July 30, 2003
This was a crumby remake of a bona fide classic television show, and might be considered okay if you never saw the real thing. For old Beaver fans, though, the film had its (rare) moments. Christopher McDonald's portrayal of Ward Cleaver was very close, and he truly shone a couple of times when expressing irritation -- he captured the exact tone we used to hear from Hugh Beaumont, when his "Ward" was upset or angry. The effect, though brief, was hilarious.
And we realize from this film that Ken Osmond's "Eddie Haskell" was a superstar of a television character, an unforgettable icon of teenage obnoxiousness -- and no one in the universe could ever portray Eddie with the same gusto, spirit and benign teen sleaze as Ken Osmond did.
It's time for the old Beaver episodes to be put on DVD, so new generations can enjoy them.