The 5 “Best” Gary Coleman Movies

Gary Coleman is best known for his role as Arnold Jackson on the American sitcom Diff’rent Strokes. The 4ft 8 in actor was best known for his catch-phrase “Watcha talkin’ `bout Willis?” But Coleman also had a string of hit movies (well, TV movies). For your film buff enjoyment, COED is pleased to bring the 5 greatest Gary Coleman movies of all time:

1. The Kid with the 200 I.Q. (1983)

Based on a Oliver Hawthorne screenplay (yes, thee Oliver Hawthorne) in this masterpiece Coleman plays Nick Newell– a very intelligent teenager who is sent to college where he meets his roommate, a popular jock. Coleman’s Nick Newell must learn to adapt to adult life, wild parties, and romance.

Spoiler Alert: Pint-sized comedy hi-jinks ensues.

2. The Kid from Left Field (1979)

This is Coleman at his child actor best.! Portraying Jackie Robinson ‘J.R.’ Cooper, The Kid from Left Field has and yet another movie pairing with veteran actor

Robert Guillaume. This heartwarming father and son/baseball fantasy has Coleman’s J.R. Cooper playing an unheeded lad who takes over as Manger of the Major League Baseball Team San Diego Padres. Why does he do this? It’s an attempt to bring the team from worst to first.

Spoiler Alert: It reminds you of the kid in all of us, who has ever loved the game of Baseball!

3. Scout’s Honor (1980)

In Coleman’s second movie, he portrays Joey Seymour: an orphan yearning to become a boy scout. Coleman’s own company, Zephyr Productions, produced the movie.

Spoiler Alert: Coleman becomes a boy scout.

4. The Kid with the Broken Halo (1981)

In this fantasy adventure, Coleman portrays Andy LeBeau: a twelve-year-old wayward angel who must prove himself worthy of passing through the Pearly Gates, by being sent to Earth accompanied by a reluctant Robert Guillaume (once again!). Coleman’s LeBeau’s mission: Help out the problems of three cases. The Desautel family who are on the edge of breaking up, the McNulty family who are workaholics and finally, Dorothea Powell who is a secluded, grumpy old woman.

Spoiler Alert: Coleman pulls through in the end.

5. An American Carol (2008)

Coleman plays Bacon Stains Malone. In his much later work in this story off an anti-American filmmaker who’s out to abolish the July Fourth holiday, and is visited by three ghosts who try to change his perception of the country.

Spoiler Alert: Even the kid with the broken halo couldn’t save this stinker.

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