This enterprising comedy about juvenile free enterprise is a cut above the usual family fare. Feeling neglected by his workaholic dad, David Tyler (Kevin Kilner), eleven-year-old Matt (Michael Angarano) gets a brainstorm for his business class: He'll demonstrate a hostile take-over by buying his father's failing business, Tyler Toys! Not only will he get a good grade, but dad will have ample quality time to spend with Matt and his older sister Kelly (Vanessa Zima). Unbeknownst to Matt, his father's unscrupulous banker, Mr. Lucre (Dom Deluise), has been extending David's loans in order to position the bank so that it can gobble up Tyler Toys. With the aid of his pal Danny (Kevin Jamal Woods), and the inadvertent advice of bank officer Kara Banks (Alexandra Paul), Matt raises capital from kiddie investors around the world. Not understanding the finer points of fraud laws, Matt promises his backers a partnership in the manufacture of Kelly's as-yet-unperfected microchip for toys. Having collected four million bucks, Matt scoops up Tyler stock and buys the company. Although the buy-out enables David to spend time with his kids, both Mr. Lucre and the Federal Trade Commission start investigating. Matt comes clean to his furious family, and Kelly must scramble to work out the kinks in her self-sufficient computer chip. Meanwhile, Kara who's smitten with Mr. Tyler, helps them subvert Mr. Lucre's plot to expose them. But with filthy Lucre determined to acquire Tyler Toys for himself, how can Matt pay back his investors, bail out the company and persuade his dad to modernize Tyler Inc's inventory? Sure, this upbeat kid-flick has an obvious case of "Children Know Best" syndrome, enhanced by new-fangled technology and a blessed dearth of bratty behavior. But the novel element of cyber-financing helps it overcome its repetitious plot and reliance on stale physical comedy.
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- Released: 2001
- Rating: G
- Review: This enterprising comedy about juvenile free enterprise is a cut above the usual family fare. Feeling neglected by his workaholic dad, David Tyler (Kevin Kilner), eleven-year-old Matt (Michael Angarano) gets a brainstorm for his business class: He'll demon… (more)