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SECRET AGENT DINGLEDORF AND HIS TRUSTY DOG SPLAT

What to know: An odd film, but has great acting and is well made.
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92 minutes
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This is not my favorite film but some might enjoy it more. I found the odd clown characters confusing. There are awkward moments when the humor seems unnatural. This is certainly not a film for people that have clown issues. I don't have clown issues and found it creepy.

The story follows an evil clown who tries to stop the World Peace Meeting by corrupting everyone with laughter. Dingledorf accidently eats a substance that makes him immune to the laughter and gives him and his two friends the ability to take on the unfriendly clowns and try to save the world.

My biggest issue with the film is that the plot is unclear and it jumps around from topic to topic. The cinematography is excellent from the action scenes outside to the interior shots. This is really a professionally made production. The clown costumes are interesting and well executed. Most of the movie takes place in a suburban setting. The clown property is quite imaginative. The amusement park-like structures give the sets more interest. The background music reminded me of circus music at times. It works for the odd clown characters and their antics. The special effects are not realistic, but that doesn't quite matter. I enjoyed the acting. Ryan O Quinn plays a believable evil clown. Zachary Arthur plays Secret Agent Bernie Dingledorf and, although he starts out with very little confidence, his likable personality will have viewers cheering him on as the film develops. The other supportive roles are played by three young actors, all of whom give commendable performances. My favorite scene is the one when IQ is trying to figure out the agent's tools that are left behind in the T.W.I.T bag. He has to figure out the cellphone socks, remote control, banana peel and slow motion bomb.

The message of the movie is that people can change for the better.

I give this film 3 out of 5 stars and recommend it for ages 8 to 12. Reviewed by Calee N., KIDS FIRST! Film Critic

This is not my favorite film, but some might enjoy it more. I found the odd clown characters confusing. There are awkward moments when the humor seems unnatural. This is certainly not a film for people that have clown issues. I don't have clown issues and found it creepy.

The story follows an evil clown who tries to stop the World Peace Meeting by corrupting everyone with laughter. Dingledorf accidently eats a substance that makes him immune to the laughter and gives him and his two friends the ability to take on the unfriendly clowns and try to save the world.

My biggest issue with the film is that the plot is unclear and it jumps around from topic to topic. The cinematography is excellent from the action scenes outside to the interior shots. This is really a professionally made production. The clown costumes are interesting and well executed. Most of the movie takes place in a suburban setting. The clown property is quite imaginative. The amusement park-like structures give the sets more interest. The background music reminded me of circus music at times. It works for the odd clown characters and their antics. The special effects are not realistic, but that doesn't quite matter. I enjoyed the acting. Ryan O Quinn plays a believable evil clown. Zachary Arthur plays Secret Agent Bernie Dingledorf and, although he starts out with very little confidence, his likable personality will have viewers cheering him on as the film develops. The other supportive roles are played by three young actors, all of whom give commendable performances. My favorite scene is the one when IQ is trying to figure out the agent's tools that are left behind in the T.W.I.T bag. He has to figure out the cellphone socks, remote control, banana peel and slow motion bomb.

The message of the movie is that people can change for the better.

I give this film 3 out of 5 stars and recommend it for ages 8 to 12. Reviewed by Calee N., KIDS FIRST! Film Critic

Based on the best-selling book series, Secret Agent Dingledorf, Secret Agent Dingledorf and His Trusty Dog Splat is a riotous, non-stop action/adventure that hilariously weaves in today's nearly-forgotten theme of respecting one another.

Bernie Dingledorf - an average kid in an average town living an average life . . . With one minor exception: Only he can save the world! Contacted by T.W.I.T., a spy agency so secret it doesn't exist, Bernie and his friends -- Lens Cap, a director who wants to win her first Oscar by 13, -- I.Q. whose A.D.D. is off the charts, and Splat, the canine eating machine - are hurled into one hilarious obstacle after another in their attempt to stop the evil genius, Dr. Chuckles, from firing his giant Giggle Cannon which will send the entire world into fits of uncontrollable laughter.

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