Reviewed by: Maggie Hays
|Featuring:||Martin Lawrence, Ashton Kutcher, Debra Messing, Jon Favreau|
|Director:||Jill Culton, Roger Allers, Anthony F. Stacchi|
|Producer:||John Carls, Steve Moore, Christopher Jenkins|
“The odds are about to get even.”
It’s a cliche—the hunters versus the woodland creatures in this animated tale of a grizzly bear and a deer who team up to outwit their predators. They are aided by a kind forest ranger (voiced by Debra Messing of “Will and Grace” fame) who raised the grizzly from cubhood. Boog, the grizzly, is voiced by Martin Lawrence (“Def Comedy Jam”) while Elliot, the one-antlered mule deer is Ashton Kutcher (“That 70’s Show”). This film resembles “Shrek”—the annoying sidekick following the lumbering main character around. Kutcher’s voicing of the deer even sounds like Eddie Murphy doing the donkey in “Shrek.”
It’s a predictable story. The big bad hunter going crazy in the woods amid all the sweet cute furry critters (my favorite was the porcupine). You can probably almost write the story yourself. However, despite all that, I laughed at one hilarious point in this movie until tears rolled down my cheeks. The excellence of the humor is not maintained, though, and toward the end of the overly-long film, I was feeling tired and bored.
There is really nothing new in this movie. Parents should be aware that you may not find funny the scenes showing an animal defecating, passing gas, or saying “crappin.” The PG rating is for rude humor. The crudeness is not excessive, though, and children will enjoy this pretty little movie about lovable animals, if they don’t find the movie a little too long and have difficulty being attentive.
All in all, this movie does not equal the quality of “Shrek,” but it is a nice family-friendly film that adults can share with their children. This is the first full-length feature film from Sony Pictures Animation, and I hope we see more from them.
Violence: Minor / Profanity: None / Sex/Nudity: None
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