Good Movie or Nostalgia? - Disney's Blank Check
I’ve been a movie fan for a very long time because they are an amazing escape from reality. A good movie will take you to the farthest reaches of your imagination. Quite literally they can allow you to immerse yourself in something that otherwise would be impossible. A bad movie would, theoretically, have the opposite effect. Instead of being immersed in it you’re constantly wondering why it contradicts itself. Pondering the plot holes that are so obvious you must ask how was this approved for production? It was this thinking that helped me decide on a segment called “Good movie or Nostalgia?”. I’m going to review movies that seemed great when they were released and see if they still live up to the hype. Our first contestant on this series is the movie Blank Check.
Preston is an 11-year old boy who feels neglected by his family. His father is overly assertive, his mother doesn’t chime in much, and his older brothers treat him badly when his parents aren’t around. Plus, his neighborhood bully doesn’t help to make things better because he’s constantly making fun of Preston. He knows things would be different if only he had money and that is when fate delivers him a blank check that he cashes in for 1 MILLION DOLLARS. That’s right he goes to a bank and walks out with 1 million dollars and thus the plot of this movie already has issues.
I took some liberties with the plot, however that’s the gist of it. A kid runs into a crook who is trying to start a new life, cashes a check from the crook, and walks away with the crook’s money. HOW SWAY? First off what 11-year old thinks it’s ok to commit fraud like this? He knows the money isn’t his, so how do you even go to a bank asking for that kind of money? What in the hell must be wrong with you to think that’s okay? Who didn’t raise this young boy? Secondly, the kid manages to buy a 300K house, very quickly, without having to sign any paperwork, or be seen by the buyer. Then Preston proceeds to do the one thing I would expect of a kid with money, he buys a bunch of toys for his house. ALL WITHOUT SIGNING ANY PAPERWORK! I know that I seem really upset about this and you’re one hundred precent correct. He didn’t need a credit check since he was paying with cash, however he would have to sign the deed to the house. All these adults around and not a single soul is curious how this kid is walking around with big bucks. Of course, he did make the alter ago “Mr. Macintosh” without anyone seeing him, meeting him, or realizing he was fake. Even with all this happening there is still one more thing that bothers me, and that’s the love story element. Preston meets Shay at the bank when he’s thinking about opening an account. Throughout the film they keep bumping into each other and manage to go on a date as well. She’s beautiful, sophisticated, helpful, and she’s a grown woman. Shay is clearly in her mid-thirties, so she shouldn’t be a love interest for a little boy. I can fully understand having a crush because we’ve all been there, yet we didn’t see those feelings returned….at least they shouldn’t have been unless you’re dealing with a predator. To make things worse Shay is revealed to a be a government agent with the FBI. She even agrees to go on a date with him in 6 years, when he’s 17, and kisses him on the lips. Did Disney not see an issue with this at all? It really goes to show you how the views of underage boys with adult women are completely skewed compared to underage girls with grown men. It truly was the icing on top of a cake that was already horribly made and left a bad taste in my mouth. Disney’s Blank Check is a movie that was on the nostalgia scale because the reality it is that it’s awful. As an adult none of it makes sense even for a fictitious story. Thanks to the story, the acting, and overall vibe of the movie this is one check that should have bounced for insufficient funds.