Reviewed by: David Criswell, Ph.D.
|Featuring||Steve Buscemi, John Cleese, Jennifer Coolidge, John Cusack, Arsenio Hall, Sean Hayes, Eddie Izzard, Jay Leno, James Lipton, Molly Shannon, Christian Slater, Paul Vogt|
|Producer||Jean-Luc De Fanti, Jamée Deruso, John D. Eraklis, Max Howard, Darius A. Kamali, John McKenna, Matthew J. Parker|
“All men aren't created Evil.”
In listing the “primary audience” I was forced to list “kids” but don't be fooled, IGOR is not a film for small children at all. “Igor” is the story of a hunchback lab assistant to an “evil genius” whose job is to create “evil inventions.” When the scientist dies, however, Igor decides to create his own invention… a living being.
“Igor” is obviously a parody of Frankenstein. Having created an “evil” woman, Igor soon finds that she is not evil at all (much to his disappointment). He sets out to make her evil, so she can kill and destroy, but soon learns that evil isn't all it is cut out to be.
The story behind “Igor” is promising, but both the execution and the script are flawed. The animation is standard and could not elevate the story above its unpolished script.
One of the problems is that the movie is supposedly intended for children, but is anything but child friendly. Toilet humor, violence, and innuendo abound. Worse yet is that the characters are not generally that likeable except for the monster herself. IGOR himself is constantly ordering her to kill and maim and never learns “goodness” until the end. Once again, the material here is fertile ground for humor, but its inspirations are few and far between.
Morally, families need to be aware of the lack of suitability for young children. Potty humor includes a comment about “bats in the belfry” (a double entendre for feces), “shove pickle where the sun doesn't shine,” and an invisible man walks around without pants, scratching his invisible behind and commenting on the “freedom” of public nudity.
In terms of violence, there is comic violence, including a character who gnaws his feet off, a scientist blows up; there is reference to torture and multiple killings throughout; someone is asked to bring the “severed head of a supermodel;” there is a “killoseum,” and there is also a running gag about a character who is immortal but constantly commits suicide (only to be resurrected) because “life is meaningless.”
The story is very dark and far too disturbing for really young children. There were several kids crying in the audience.
All in all, “Igor” was a great idea gone awry. The promising story is not sufficient if the plot is weak and the writing juvenile. I will not call “Igor” bad, for it is not truly bad, but it is far from good, and it is better to save your money on something wholesome and edifying.
Violence: Moderate / Profanity: Minor / Sex/Nudity: Minor