Cinema: Recess: School's Out

Directed By Chuck Sheetz

This is the Disney version of South Park: cheeky, sketchily drawn kids in conflict with clueless, tyrannical adults. Given its auspices, Recess is infinitely less transgressive than the competition; its dialogue will not bring a blush to a parentally guiding grownup's cheek. Here, summer vacation is under high-tech threat from a rogue teacher--vocally characterized by a comically nasty James Woods--who is easily thwarted by the busy brats. It's a weightless, but not entirely feckless, way to pass a rainy afternoon when your kids are whiney and restless.

--By Richard Schickel

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