New Movies: Chug-Chug, Mug-Mug

Chitty Chitty Bang Bang is a picture for the ages—the ages between five and twelve. After that, interest is bound to slacken into hostility or slumber. With valid reason. The movie, based on Ian Fleming's only children's book, is a story with enough saccharine to sweeten the Sargasso Sea.

Once upon a time (c. 1910) there was an inventor named Caractacus Potts (Dick Van Dyke). He and his two children—apparently spawned by autogenesis, since there is no mention of a mother—live with their potty Grandpa (Lionel Jeffries) and a bunch of malfunctioning machines, ingeniously designed by Rowland Emett. Like the...

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