This was one of my favorite movies as a kid, and I still enjoy watching it as an adult. It’s a musical about prohibition era gangsters, with a cast of only children, and their weapons shoot whipped cream, and their cars are peddle powered. Yes, it’s a little odd, kind of quirky, but honestly the kids do a pretty good acting job and the songs are really catchy.
The only people you will recognize from the movie are Scott Baio and Jodie Foster, who were 15 and 14 respectively when the movie was made. It’s the music that will stick with you though. Paul Williams did an absolutely amazing job writing the score for this move, I would rank the soundtrack among my top 5. So You Wanna Be A Boxer is a great motivational song, Tomorrow will bring tears to your eyes, You Give A Little Love is an ear worm that will stay with you a long time and Bad Guys is just plain fun.
I was hesitant to write about this movie, not because I’m ashamed of being 45 and loving this movie as much as I do, but because it used to be hard to find. Until Blu-rays, it was only available on Region 2 DVD and VHS, plus… not a lot of rental places around anymore.
If you can find it, give it a watch.