Rated: PG-13 for some child endangerment and bathroom humor. Reviewed by: Chris Release date: August 4, 1995 Released by: Twentieth Century Fox
After being bounced around by Macaulay Culkin in the Home Alone movies, you'd think Daniel Stern should stay clear of kids. Instead, he's up to his ears in 10-year-olds as he pretends to be a Ranger Scout leader to evade the FBI.
Stern plays Max Grabelski, a hapless express delivery man, who unwittingly gets caught up in a multimillion dollar theft. While running from the FBI he's mistaken by six rangers as their fearless leader and he plays along with it.
It's hard to tell who's more inept in the wilderness - the kids who've never been camping before, the overweight FBI agent who's tracking them, or Max pretending to be a seasoned guide.
Stern plays a big gullible lug with ease. He's fun to watch as he's attacked by a grizzly bear, a swarm of bees and almost falls off step cliffs. He's got a rubbery, expressive face that changes with each new predicament that he finds himself in and the kids in the audience ate it up.
Bushwacked is a film that's entertainment for both kids and adults. There aren't any slow spots, as it moves right along and the laughs are plentiful.