Inspector Gadget

Theatrical Release: July 23, 1999
DVD Release: June 3, 2003
Inspector Gadget


Based on the popular cartoon character of the same name, “Inspector Gadget” is a wild and quirky adventure comedy about a naive, inept security guard, John Brown whose big heart is equal to his far-fetched dream to become the world’s best police officer. Unexpected circumstances make him the ideal candidate for a top-secret law enforcement project, and pretty scientist, Dr. Brenda Bradford applies her expertise in robotics to build him into a man of many talents…and accessories. Using a vast array of grafted-on gizmos and doohickies to bust the bad guys, the often-clueless Inspector Gadget must employ his common sense to crack an especially complex case.

Dove Review

This is a live-action recreation of the popular cartoon series, which featured the voice of Don Adams as the bumbling cartoon version of “Inspector Clouseau.” Matthew Broderick assumes the role of John Brown, aka “Inspector Gadget.” Kids will love the film and it does include a love interest between Gadget and Dr. Brenda Bradford (Joely Fisher) so the adults may enjoy this romantic twist.

The film does contain a lot of fantasy-type violence such as explosions and crashing cars, and there is one scene in which Gadget is asked for an autograph and he lets loose with all of his gadgets and frightens a young boy. This scene would probably be the only real intense scene which might frighten youngsters. Otherwise, they will no doubt enjoy the inspector’s head bounce up and down like a bobble head and they will most likely enjoy the action sequences. With a caution for parents to consult our content listing below, we approve the film for all ages.

Content Description

Faith: None
Integrity: None
Sex: A few kissing scenes between a man and woman.
Language: Some mild name calling between adults like "idiot," and "butt."
Violence: Fantasy violence including car accidents; explosions; the starting of a fire in a hospital; a car is rammed; a few punches are thrown.
Drugs: The smoking of a cigar.
Nudity: Cleavage; a woman's back thighs are seen as she falls back-wards in a chair; a character is in boxers in a few scenes.
Other: The idea of robotics and a character who is part man/part robot.


Company: Disney
Writer: Andy Heyward and Jean Chalopin and Dana Olsen and Zak Penn
Director: David Kellogg
Producer: Roger Birnbaum
Genre: Comedy
Runtime: 89 min.
Starring: Matthew Broderick, Joely Fisher, Rupert Everett, Andy Dick and the voice of Don Adams
Reviewer: Edwin L. Carpenter