Oh, what a Rascal!

If you’re reading this then you must know what time it is. Yes, it is movie time!

As I was looking through my recent posts, I realized that I have given you guys some emotionally heavy  stuff to watch. So, I decided I should take it easy on your hearts this weekend and decided to give you a comedy.

This week I watched the adorable and hilarious 1994 film The Little Rascals. This movie focuses on the adventures of a group of mischievous and absolutely precious neighbourhood children. To paint a picture for you, I’ll start off by giving you some of these children’s names: Spanky, Alfalfa, Darla, Froggy, Stymie, and Porky. The names itself already start off the movie right. Oh, and I can not forget their little faces!

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This group of young boys certainly act very much like adults in their own little bodies. Spanky is the president of the “He-Man Woman Haters Club” with many school-aged boys from around the neighborhood as members. Nothing speaks little boy than an anti-girl club. Ew, cooties! Alfalfa, Spanky’s best friend, has been chosen to be the driver for the club’s prize-winning undefeated go-kart, “The Blur”, in the upcoming Soap Box Derby go-kart race. Unfortunately, when the announcement is made at the club meeting that Alfalfa is to be the driver, it is discovered that Alfalfa is nowhere to be found.

Imagine a bunch of five-year-olds gathering daily to hold meetings? Come on, this is good for the soul!

When the boys go to find Alfalfa, they discover him in the company of his sweetheart Darla, whom he is forbidden to be in love with because she is a girl and that is against club rules. Makes sense, right? However, I gotta say that Alfalfa and Darla are one hell of a couple. Alfalfa invites Darla on a picnic, and to prove his devotion to her he agrees to have the picnic inside the He-Man Woman Haters Clubhouse. Awwwww! At the picnic, Alfalfa and Darla think they are alone, but the other club members secretly pull several silly pranks from behind the scenes to sabotage their romantic date. Who dares interferes with romance!? Little, mischevious Spanky that is.

As any boy would, Alfalfa is nervous that his friends will kick him out of the club and not want to be his friend anymore. So, he insists that Darla hides in the closet until the other boys leaves. But, what girl would want her boyfriend to be ashamed of her! Darla may have yet to hit puberty but boy is she smart. As any wise girl would, Darla dumps Alfalfa and turns her attention to the new boy in town, Waldo. Darla is one giant ball of sass and she deserves someone who will treat her right! This movie holds my heart because these little kids are depicted as adults but still hold the cutest child like qualities.

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After Alfalfa accidently burns down their club house, Spanky, Stymie, and the others punish Alfalfa by assigning him to guard the club’s prized go-kart day and night until the day of the race. If you’re anything like me, at this point you would be saying “where are these children’s parents!?”.

Love struck, Alfalfa makes several attempts to woo back Darla, including sending her a fake love note. When that attempt fails, Alfalfa decides to pay her a visit in person at her ballet recital. Spanky accompanies him, but only to try to convince him to permanently break it off with her. What are friends for?? While trying to find Darla so they can speak with her they are pursued by the neighborhood bullies, Butch and Woim. The only way they can hide from them is by dressing up in costumes and pretending to be girls in the ballet recital, which causes them to turn the performance into a complete disaster and are eventually laughed off stage. I’d have to say, this may have been my favorite scene in the movie. You guys will agree once you watch it.

At the carnival talent show the day before the race, Alfalfa once again tries to win Darla back, this time through song, being that Darla mentioned after she dumped him that the only thing she ever really missed about him was his voice. Waldo however, Darla’s new boyfriend, spoils Alfalfa’s attempts to serenade her by putting soap in his drinking water, causing him the embarrassment of burping out very large bubbles all throughout his song. I mean, just writing this is making me laugh all over again. Nothing beats innocent humor.

The boys try to fund-raise $450, the cost of the lumber needed to rebuild their burnt-down clubhouse. Once again, they are such mini adults! Due to Alfalfa’s carelessness, “The Blur” is eventually stolen by Butch and Woim, so that now, in addition to having to rebuild the clubhouse, the boys now need a new set of wheels.They band together to build “Blur 2: The Sequel,” and prior to race day, Spanky and Alfalfa reconcile their friendship and decide to ride in the two-seat go-kart together.

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I think I adore this movie so much because of how carefree it is. These kids deal with such “big ” problems but they are so senseless. It is such an innocent movie that it brings utter joy. In a wild dash to the finish, and despite the many scrapes and crashes throughout the race, “The Blur 2” crosses the finish line ahead of the pack in a photo-finish between “The Blur and “The Blur 2” literally by a hair, due to Alfalfa’s pointy hairstyle. I bet you are gonna rethink ridiculing someone’s “alfalfa” hair next time.

After the race, Butch and Woim are angry and jealous towards Alfalfa because he won the trophy and the prize money. They attempt to beat him up, but Alfalfa finally stands up for himself and punches Butch in the face, knocking him into a giant pool of pig slop. Go Alfalfa!

After the club house is rebuilt, the boys collectively have a change of heart towards membership and they decide to welcome Darla and friends as well as other girls into the club, adding a “Women Welcome” sign onto the front door.

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How could you not miss those innocent and cootie infested childhood days?

That is why this movie is a classic that must be watched by all of you. It transports you back to those easier days and will certainly make you laugh. These kids are so young yet they are so talented! I admire them all. I must also note that Mary-Kate and Ashley Olsen make an appearance which is the ultimate throwback. So, if you are like me stressing over finals and need a mind break, then this movie is for you! Put your worries away for an hour or two and relax and watch some little Rascals!

Until next time my fellow movie lovers. As always, please share your opinions with me! I would love nothing more than to hear what you guys have to say.

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