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Hop also known as “I Hop”

MPAA Rating: PG for some mild rude humor.

Reviewed by: Patty Moliterno

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1 hr. 30 min.
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USA Release:
April 1, 2011
DVD: March 23, 2012
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Featuring: Kaley Cuoco—Samantha OHare
James Marsden—Fred
Russell Brand—Easter Bunny (voice)
Hugh Laurie—Hops Father
Elizabeth Perkins
Chelsea Handler—Mrs. Beck
David Hasselhoff—Himself
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Director: Tim Hill—“Alvin and the Chipmunks,” “Garfield: A Tail of Two Kitties,” “Max Keeble’s Big Move”
Producer: John Cohen—producer
Michele Imperato—executive producer
Christopher Meledandri—producer
Distributor: Universal Pictures

If you have seen the preview for HOP, you know that this movie is about Easter and bunnies and chicks. It is also about finding yourself and not following someone else’s dream for you. Plus, the viewer gets to find out really “important” facts about the Easter Bunny. Where does the Easter Bunny live? On Easter Island, of course.

EB (voice of Russell Brand) is the son of the head Easter Bunny (voice of Hugh Laurie). He is young when his father invites him into his workplace to see what he does. EB acts thrilled that someday he will take over for his father. Little boy, Fred O’Hare, sees the Easter Bunny on his front lawn. He gets his camera and runs outside, however, he has missed his shot.

Fast forward 20 years, and EB is poised to take over the family business. However, EB wants to be a drummer and wants nothing to do with being the Easter Bunny. Fred (James Marsden) is now living with his parents and doesn’t have much direction in his life. His family performs an intervention, telling him it is time he grew up, got a job and lived on his own. Fred leaves his parent’s house, but not before his sister Sam (Kaley Cuoco) decides to help him out. She has set up a job interview for him for the following day. She is, also, supposed to house-sit a mansion with dogs, but she asks Fred to stay there for her. While Fred is driving along, he hits EB on the road. EB and Fred help each other to find their way in the world.

David Hasselhoff plays himself, as do The Blind Boys of Alabama (a gospel music group).

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EB sneaks out and runs away from home. While Fred is driving, EB gets hit and is shown laying on the ground. Fred believes the bunny is suffering and picks up a rock to “put it out of its misery.’ There is some rude humor, and EB hits Fred, repeatedly. EB lies repeatedly to many people in the movie. Fred is chased and mauled by 2 dogs. EB poops jelly beans, and, later, Sam eats them. EB goes to the Playboy Mansion and tries to get in, although, nothing is shown besides the Playboy Bunny symbol. The term “hot babe” is used. The phrase, “you have this aura about you” is said.

There is also “magic” associated with flying sleighs, etc.—similar to Santa movies.

Most of the things EB does involve his selfishness—lying, running away, chasing after Fred, and causing Fred to ruin his job interview. However, EB does finally realize that he has been selfish and only thinking of himself.

HOP is about the fantasy secular Easter. We know that this Christian holy-day is really about the death and resurrection of Jesus Christ, but you can use this movie as a springboard to talk to your children about the love of God and how, no matter what we have done, He forgives us. As the prodigal son leaves and is welcomed back when he returns, so the Father welcomes us into His family when we return, ready to claim our inheritance through the death and resurrection of Christ.

This movie is geared for children. It is entertaining in a strange kind of way—imagine Santa Claus on steroids. I was amused, however I went in with very low expectations. My 8 year old son loved it. “Hop” is for young children and anyone looking for light-hearted entertainment.

Violence: Minor / Profanity: None / Sex/Nudity: Minor

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Positive—“Hop” left me with mixed feelings. On the one hand, it was a clean, humorous, upbeat family-friendly film with no sex, no cussing, less violence than a Road Runner cartoon and a pretty amazing animation/live action mix.

On the other hand, it was all about something called “Easter,” and the “Easter” this film was about bears ABSOLUTELY no resemblance to the Christian holiday of the same name. The Easter Bunny in this film is nothing more than a long-eared version of Santa Claus, who, for reasons left unexplored, travels around the world leaving baskets of candy and other goodies for children (except in countries like China, the reasons for which are also left unexplored).

There is no unholy mixture of Sacred and Secular in this movie, the Sacred is simply ignored completely. There is not even so much as a single hint of the origin of Easter—bunnies, chicks and candy are all there is to it, and danged if anyone in the film knows (or even cares) why.

That being said, the film’s most glaringly obvious weak point is that it is an absolute treasure-trove of ripped-off story lines, ideas and clichés from other movies of this type, most notably those that have elevated Santa Claus to the status of “Holiday Icon” (a phrase actually used in this film).

The sheer predictability of every scene, and of the film in its entirety, made me begin looking at my watch wondering when this would all be over, even while I was appreciating the technical skill that went into the making of the film and being relieved that there was no seriously objectionable content (okay, so the Easter Bunny poops jelly beans—that’s the kind of humor that fourth-grade boys will delight in and only the super-sensitive will find seriously offensive).

In short, “Hop” is itself a chocolate Easter Bunny of a film—beautifully—even gaudily—packaged, very sweet, but with no nutritional value and hollow at its core.
My Ratings: Moral rating: Good / Moviemaking quality: 4½
—Keith, age 55 (USA)
Positive—I enjoyed the movie. It’s not a great movie, but it’s a nice kid-friendly Easter movie. There’s lack of Easter movies for kids. Classic Easter movies like, “Ten Commandments” or “Passion of the Christ” are aimed at adults. Let them enjoy the Easter bunny for a while, until they are old enough to understand the true meaning of Easter.
My Ratings: Moral rating: Good / Moviemaking quality: 3
—Keith Chandler, age 32 (USA)
Neutral—Overall, this movie didn’t affect me much either way. For a while I was thinking “This is a little better than I thought it would be…” up until the end. Then they lost me with the mutated chicken-bunny, and the lackluster, kiddy conclusion to the mayhem (apparently, some talking chickens simply CAN’T resist dancing, even at a crucial moment in his boss’s big plan… WHO KNEW?!). James Marsden was a disappointment, he could have done better than this movie. I mean, any old actor is capable of running in horror from the talking CGI creature that shows up in his garage. Is anyone other than me thinking this plot is getting reeeeeeeeealy old?
My Ratings: Moral rating: Better than Average / Moviemaking quality: 3
—Christy Linton, age 18 (USA)
Neutral—As I sat in the theater with my Christian friends, watching the film. I sat and said to myself, “This is just like a sitcom.” Everything felt rushed, hurried, whatever you call it. It wasn’t a great film, nor was it a bad film. In some respects it tried to play off the humor (some that was just inappropriate and unnecessary) and not enough on the development which doesn’t let me quite enjoy the film as much as I thought I would. I didn’t have high expectations walking into this film, and I didn’t expect to.

Technically, the film was good. Good graphics, decent performances even from Russell Brand. Still something wasn’t right. The movie wasn’t as good as it could of been. The story needed some work and didn’t live up to it’s predecessor, “Despicable Me.”

The real story of Easter is, of course, Jesus Christ. If it wasn’t for him we wouldn’t have Easter. No bunny can replace that fact. Overall, a decent film. Not one I would probably rent or buy. If you try to peel back the layers on this egg, you wont find much. Skip it. Go see “Rio” instead.
My Ratings: Moral rating: Average / Moviemaking quality: 2½
Alexander Malsan, age 21 (USA)
Neutral—I did not expect them to lift up the real meaning of Easter, it is the world, so they are going to make it about the Easter Bunny. It was entertaining enough to watch, although it was completely ridiculous, especially the end. Of course, it was a clean movie, which is hard to find these days.
My Ratings: Moral rating: Offensive / Moviemaking quality: 3
—Samantha Taylor, age 37 (USA)
Negative—I rated this movie extremely offensive—because I feel that the moviemakers purposefully introducing “playboy” (sorry I won’t capitalize that word) twice in the movie—is the same as “grooming” children—and is criminal, in my opinion.
My Ratings: Moral rating: Extremely Offensive / Moviemaking quality: 4
—Paulette, age 47 (USA)
Negative—Don’t see this movie; it takes another Christian holy day and turns it into trash, just like Christmas. This movie is just Santa Claus with bunny ears. Beside all this, it’s not funny. It’s slow and boring.
My Ratings: Moral rating: Extremely Offensive / Moviemaking quality: 5
—Paul, age 41 (USA)
Negative—This movie is fantastic, if you enjoy watching the Day celebrating the birth of Jesus Christ being slandered by Hollywood! This travesty of a film perfectly shows what Hollywood has sunk to. A tired, drawn out plot with little laughs or endearing moments, that shows Easter to be nothing but a “one-bunny” show, with not even a mention of the miracle that started this holiday. Even if you ignore the blatant lack of respect for Christianity, the movie as a whole was humorless, and extremely poorly acted. With Russell Brand’s unique voice going to waste, and James Marsden is not up to his usual level of quality, this movie has little to offer. Fellow Christian brothers and sisters, I implore you to save your hard earned money.
My Ratings: Moral rating: Offensive / Moviemaking quality: 1
—Fred Phelps, age 34 (USA)
Negative—This movie was awful. It was so stupid that it was actually painful to watch it. I suffered through it for the sake of the kids, some of whom liked it. Well, they really like bunnies. The wrong choices made on the part of the characters throughout most of the film were just unpleasant. The whole premise of a real Easter Bunny and a person being the first human Easter Bunny were just dumb. Some of the situations that the bunny got his human companion into were embarrassing to watch. I don’t personally enjoy movies that require you to leave you brain at the door, and this was one of them. That is an hour and a half of my life that I will never get back.
My Ratings: Moral rating: Average / Moviemaking quality: 4½
—Laura B., age 42 (USA)
Comments from young people
Neutral—Though the acting was mediocre, and the true meaning of Easter is never mentioned, “Hop” is a family movie for a few good chuckles and contains the sweet innocence a children-geared movie should have. Having said that, the PlayBoy mansion does come up in the movie twice, but it could have been made a lot worse!
My Ratings: Moral rating: Average / Moviemaking quality: 3½
—Emily, age 13 (USA)
Positive—The movie, HOP, which follows E.B., the son of the Easter Bunny, was the best of 2011! Kids and adults alike will love this hilarious comedy with tons of jokes and humor!

The jokes are mostly clean, however, there are two short scenes when E.B. (and later on, the Pink Berets) go to the Playboy Bunny Mansion. They never enter the mansion, but E.B. mentions something on the lines of “I hear you are looking for sexy bunnies, and I assure you I am a bunny, and I am sexy.” This was the only somewhat inappropriate comment, however, young children will not get it. Also, it is very short and will not affect kids that much.

The movie is about the Easter Bunny, so there is some magical stuff, but it will not be too bad. The movie, for the most part, is clean family fun that ages 5-15 will like! Also, I am sure that adults will laugh at some of the jokes and parts.

I saw the movie for my birthday, and the whole theater was laughing at the jokes. It was fun to dance in your seat to the songs in the movie! I would say, go see this movie, because it will be worth the time and money!
My Ratings: Moral rating: Excellent! / Moviemaking quality: 5
—Luke Thomas A., age 14 (USA)
Negative—This is by far one of the worst movies I have ever seen. It was so boring, if it weren’t for my little cousin there somehow enjoying it I would have left. We tried demanding our money back, so we’ll tell you to never waste your money on this movie! It was just bad; it copied from other movies and lacked it’s own story line.
My Ratings: Moral rating: Extremely Offensive / Moviemaking quality: ½
—Michelle, age 12 (Canada)
Positive—Hop is just a bounce of fun!…
My Ratings: Moral rating: Good / Moviemaking quality: 5
—Andre, age 15 (Canada)
Comments from non-viewers
Negative—I have only seen clips of this film and heard about its plot (as well as several lines from the characters), and that’s enough. The technicolor animation is dizzying and overly-done, and the humor is stupid and crude, from the bunny’s ridiculous and fake-sounding accent to his disgusting defecation habits. Seriously? Give me the Road Runner any day.
My Ratings: Moral rating: Average / Moviemaking quality: 2½
—Jennifer, age 26
—In reading the comments about “HOP” and how it doesn’t include the sacred “easter” as many Christians know… I’d like to say… AMEN to that! If you’re a Christian and still call Resurrection Sunday… easter… you’re confused as well. Knowing the word “easter” comes from the name that babylonians gave to the name of Nimrod’s wife as an act of worship… I would not compare or expect to compare the storyline in the movie “Hop” to the death and resurrection of our Savior, Jesus Christ. Take the movie as it is… a fairytale… nothing life changing.
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—Nancy, age 38 (USA)