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Gooby

A huge teddy bear is a worthy protector in this family film

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Wilson Coneybeare's movie doesn't bring anything new or exciting to the genre. But its basic tale of a kid who learns to better manage his fears, friends and parents is harmless enough. Willy is petrified about moving to a new house, but finds his troubles smoothed by the appearance of his childhood bear, Gooby, now a 6-foot-tall, talking, furry mischief-maker. (Gooby is voiced by Scottish actor Robbie Coltrane, and I'm sure associations to his other role as Harry Potter's huge, hairy, mischief-making friend, Hagrid, are welcome.) Adults won't get many surprises, but the family-affirming story, while a bit clunky, is well paced and free of product placement. Starts Mon., April 27. Carmike 10 (South Hills) and Wynnsong 12 (Delmont).

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