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Angus (1995)



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High schooler Angus (Charlie Talbert), a jumbo-sized lad, seems underappreciated in all aspects of his life: he is a standout offensive lineman on the football team, but golden-boy quarterback Rick (James Van der Beek) gets all the accolades for his blood, sweat, and pass-blocking; he is also an outstanding student, but his classmates still regard him as a dork; the girl of his dreams (Arian Richards), Rick's girlfriend, seems to ignore him. Only when Angus musters the courage to put on a maroon tuxedo and head off to the school dance at the urging of his loving, free-spirit mom (Kathy Bates) does he finally get the recognition he deserves (as does Rick, who attempts to publicly humiliate Angus with a cruel prank). While the story is familiar, director Patric Johnson and the entire cast infuse the film with real warmth, making Angus a winner (as does its refreshing attitude toward violence).

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Charlie Talbert
as Angus Bethune
Ariana Richards
as Melissa Lefevre
Chris Owen
as Troy Wedburg
James Van Der Beek
as Rick Sandford
Lawrence Pressman
as Principal Metcalf
Rita Moreno
as Madame Rulenska
Anna Levine
as April Thomas
Yvette Freeman
as Science Teacher
Steven Hartman
as Rick (age 11)
Grant Hoover
as Angus (age 8)
Evan Kaufman
as Alex Immergluch
Perry Anzilotti
as Tuxedo Salesman
Beth Richards
as Melissa, age 11
Irvin Kershner
as Mr. Stoff
Michael McLeod
as Rick (age 8)
Wesley Mann
as Mr. Kessler
Monty O'Grady
as Minister
Bob Pepper
as Wedding Photographer
Tanner Lee Prairie
as Rick (age 5)
Lindsay Price
as Recycling Girl
Christopher Ragsdale
as Boy Playing Football
Bethany Richards
as Melissa (age 11)
Cameron Royds
as Baby Angus
Aaron Siefers
as Angus (age 11)
Eric E. Thomas II
as Kid at Birthday Party
Bryan Warloe
as Troy (age 8)
Michael Wesley
as Angus (age 5)
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Critic Reviews for Angus

All Critics (17) | Top Critics (10)

A genially engaging surprise.

March 26, 2009 | Full Review…

Basic, yes, but for a teen message movie, this is surprisingly fun, and so sweetly good-natured it feels churlish to sneer.

June 24, 2006 | Full Review…

An easygoing if predictable alternative to more gimmicky teen-age fare.

May 20, 2003 | Full Review…

It's a journey made many times over in the movies, but this film, although uneven, has an uncommon honesty and a beguiling young actor, Charlie Talbert, in the title role.

August 15, 2002 | Full Review…

"Angus" is aimed at young audiences who will identify with his insecurities. But it's a fine little film for anybody who likes a heartwarming glimpse at where resolve can take forlorn people.

June 18, 2002 | Rating: 2.5/4 | Full Review…

For a movie that extols the virtues of being different, Angus is a frustratingly ordinary story of a high-school underdog: a chow hound in puppy love.

January 1, 2000 | Rating: 2/4

Audience Reviews for Angus

Summary: A fat, socially awkward, good-at-science kid and his story of getting the girl of his dreams to at the very least, notice him. Sounds typical, right? Well this one is good. The Good: The characters, Angus in particular, is actually interesting and someone you can actually care about. I also liked how the pushed the idea that no one is normal, and I love some of the things that Angus says. Very witty. Good soundtrack too. The Bad: It kind of follows the same formula for these type of movies but I feel that this one is different in a way. Ratings: Acting: 9/10 Story: 6/10 Originality: 6/10 Soundtrack: 9/10 Characters: 9/10 Overall: 8/10

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Professor Wizenhymer

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I think this movie is really funny. Love the quirkiness of the friendship.


Super Reviewer

Great childhood favorite.

Michael S
Michael S

Super Reviewer

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