Reviewed by: Patty Moliterno
Animals in the Bible
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|Featuring:||Brendan Fraser (Dan Sanders), Ken Jeong (Neal Lyman), Brooke Shields (Tammy Sanders), Matt Prokop (Tyler Sanders), Angela Kinsey (Felder), Rob Riggle (Riggs), Skyler Samuels (Amber), Toby Huss (Wilson), Samantha Bee (Principal Baker), Jim Norton, Ricky Garcia (Frank), Alexander Chance (Security AL), See all »|
|Producer:||Imagenation Abu Dhabi FZ, Participant Media, Summit Entertainment, Mohamed Khalaf Al-Mazrouei, Brendan Fraser, Terri Goddard, Keith Goldberg, Molly O'Keefe, Ira Shuman, Robert Simonds|
“He came. He saw. They conquered.”
Dan (Brendan Fraser) is a real estate developer who has uprooted his family for a year to head up a project (Rocky Springs) for his boss, Lyman. The move is only temporary, but his wife Tammy (Brooke Shields) and son, Tyler (Matt Prokop) are not happy or supportive. Dan and his family are living in the first completed house in the project. It is a beautiful house sitting in the middle of a forest. Lyman bills themselves as ECO friendly and a “green” company.
As the work crews build other houses, it becomes apparent that the wildlife in the area have no plans of moving from their beautiful woodlands. When a raccoon hears of Lyman’s plans for Stage Two of the project, which includes leveling the forest, the animals plan revenge on Dan. The animals “attack,” in various ways, and Dan becomes obsessed with getting even. Tammy doesn’t believe the animals are attacking and thinks her husband is going crazy.
The language in this movie is pretty tame, with one hell, d—n, and various words such as stupid. At one point, Tammy says to Dan “I’m married to a lunatic,” and Dan says (after getting sprayed with the sprinkler) “Check out Mr. Pee-Pee Pants.” He also makes reference to a leech in his no-no zone.
The slapstick comedy in this movie is over the top. Tyler shows Dan a picture of a dead person with a rattlesnake on top of him. Dan falls on the roof onto his crotch. He chases a raccoon in only his underwear. Several times Dan is sprayed by skunks. A raccoon pees on Dan’s face, bites him, sets up a roadblock which forces Dan off the road, a gopher plays Whac-A-Mole with people, the animals set up a strategic attack plan (think “Home Alone”), etc.
Dan is forced to wear his wife’s spandex warm-up suit, which is too small and has the words YUM-YUM across the buttocks region. As Dan is walking in the suit, you can clearly see the outline of a thong. There are several times men are seen in only their underwear (all non-sexual). Dan accidentally has his wife’s bra on. A girl is shown with short running shorts. The ending scene depicts cast members as various music video stars.
There is a drug reference: Dan drinks Mushroom Sleepy-Bye Tea, and, while sleeping,s has bizarre (hallucinations) dreams. Someone is shown smoking a cigar and throwing it in the forest.
There is a reference to Indians (people from India) and someone makes some tasteless Native American comments. A teacher makes a comment about a senile teacher regarding tenure.
I truly am amazed at the “green” movement. Huge corporations put the word green in their title or redesign their logo and make it green colored, and they think they are eco friendly. Humans continue to believe we are in control. We doubt the existence of God and then wonder why people don’t take care of what God created. We think we have the power to “save” or “destroy” and leave God out of the picture. Psalm 24:1-2 states,
“The Earth is the Lord’s, and everything in it, the world, and all who live in it; for He founded it upon the seas and established it upon the waters.”
As we recognize our Creator, we begin to realize the value of all He created and take better care of the Earth and all its inhabitants, both people and animals.
This movie is just dumb. It really isn’t funn—just cheap, slapstick humor. I would not waste my time seeing it. My 7 year old said “it was okay.” This movie definitely preaches the “save the forest and the animals” message. It is aimed at young children and depicts cute adorable animals only wanting to save their world. If you don’t think your children are ready to hear this message, avoid this movie.
Violence: Moderate / Profanity: Mild / Sex/Nudity: Minor
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