Combustible Celluloid
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With: Freddie Prinze Jr., Sarah Michelle Gellar, Matthew Lillard, Linda Cardellini, Rowan Atkinson, Isla Fisher, Miguel A. N��ez Jr., Steven Grives, Sam Greco, Pamela Anderson
Written by: James Gunn, based on a story by James Gunn, Craig Titley
Directed by: Raja Gosnell
MPAA Rating: PG for some rude humor, language and some scary action
Running Time: 86
Date: 06/08/2002

Scooby-Doo (2002)

2 1/2 Stars (out of 4)

Doing the "Doo"

By Jeffrey M. Anderson

Raja Gosnell's big screen, live-action update of the classic Hanna-Barbera Saturday morning cartoon is a mixed bag. It contains a ridiculous attempt at character arcs: the mystery-solving gang fights and splits up and must learn to appreciate one another again. It also conjures up a bizarre, nonsensical plot (even more bizarre and nonsensical than the old shows) about demons and protoplasm heads.

The new, computer-animated pooch leaves a lot to be desired, and Sarah Michelle-Gellar -- hot from TV's "Buffy the Vampire Slayer" -- can't find much to do as Daphne. But Freddie Prinze Jr. makes fun of his own vapidity as Fred, and Linda Cardellini makes an adorable Velma (and gets a sexy makeover). But what really makes this movie special is Matthew Lillard's inspired performance as Shaggy. It's not only a dead-on impersonation of the cartoon character, but it also comes with a certain kind of unique joy and a genuine soul; if there were any justice, he would receive an Oscar nomination for it.

In 2010, Warner Home Video released both this and Scooby-Doo 2: Monsters Unleashed (2004) on a two-disc Blu-Ray set.

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