First of all, Munchie is mos' def' NOT a sequel to 1987's Munchies - the only thing they took from that movie was the title. Secondly, this is supposedly a "children and family" movie but at times seems a bit inappropriate for that targeted age group. I found myself laughing at much of the humor, though, because some of it was actually good! One of my favorite lines was "So, did you make the football team yet?" "No, but I decked the star quarterback." Very tongue-in-cheek, smart humor that reminded me a lot of another terribly inappropriate children's film, The Garbage Pail Kids Movie. Munchie is thankfully not as unintentionally terrifying as that movie is, but instead is just a quick little slapstick story that never goes any deeper than the surface situation. But really, why would you want it to?
(credited as just "Love Hewitt"), who plays young Andrea, the object of Gage's affections. She is damn adorable just like I knew she would be. Loni Anderson is Gage's well-endowed mother, and Arte Johnson played my favorite character, Gage's friend and neighbor Professor Cruikshank. He is everybody's favorite quirky old guy, and a handy friend to have because of course he just happens to know something about our mysterious little creature. The kid playing Gage was happily not an annoying little shit, and actually was a good little actor with good comedic timing and facial expressions.
The plot is equally horrendous, if you can call this a plot. Most of it is Munchie causing some not-so-hilarious scenes while helping Gage catch the principal in a love tryst with his secretary (see what I mean? Inappropriate!); humiliate the preppy popular boy; beat up the football player; and ruin his mother's date with Dr. Carlisle, who is a bit of a douche. None of the physical comedy is nearly as entertaining as the written comedy. Dom DeLuise does his best as the voice of Munchie, but everything he says is only mildly funny and mostly annoying. Too bad, he could have been pretty awesome actually.
Though I was around the right age when this movie came out, I'm so glad that I never had the displeasure of seeing it. I will give it this, though, it was good for a laugh on an evening when I needed something to perk up my mood. You were half successful, Alec! Stupid movie, but in a stupidly entertaining way.
Also... added entertainment comes when you notice Angus Scrimm in a small but funny role in Gage's funeral daydream.