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|Over the Hedge |
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The manicured lawns and overstuffed garbage cans of suburbia become a buffet for woodland creatures in Over the Hedge. A self-centered raccoon named RJ (voiced by Bruce Willis, Die Hard) steals and accidentally destroys th... more »
Pure Summer Fun
A.Trendl HungarianBookstore.com | Glen Ellyn, IL USA | 05/20/2006
(5 out of 5 stars)
""Over the Hedge" is funny. Pure summer fun, the kind of movie a car full of seventh grade boys see with a car full of seventh grade girls. While it was only released in May, it has all the makings of a summer movie, like the old Peanuts movies. Nothing here is too complicated to understand, most of it is pretty silly, and all of it is safe for the entire family.
When movies are made, they intend an audience, and an audience reaction. Here, the bar was not set to be compared to the sentimental depth of "Finding Nemo," or the abject, hyperactive hilarity of "Aladdin." Here, "Over the Hedge" has a basic plot, and a basic conflict, and does the job it sets out to do.
RJ the Raccoon owes a very angry bear a wagon load of snacks, and realizes the new human suburb is packed with these snacks. He meets up with a friendly, but not too smart neighborhood of small forest animals, led by a careful-thinking turtle named Vern.
The characters are strong, each is distinguished from the other, with distinctive personalities, unlike the overblown homogeny found in some cartoons. This matters especially here, as there are more animals than some younger children will be familiar with.
Can RJ persuade the animals to help him steal the snacks from the humans? Will Vern remain the sensible leader, and help them avoid the 'Verminator' and his viscous animal killing tools?
For me, the funniest scene is an almost Matrix-like action sequence when the ordinarily hyper Hammy drinks a caffeine drink and goes in on a mission. Time stops, but not for Hammy.
The animation is good enough, and the story is told straight-ahead, without catchy songs. No one will leave the theater thinking, "That's incredible production value!" They will leave laughing, with an original story.
The structure of the movie is the reverse of Man vs his environment. As the humans take over former forest, there are fewer places for the animals to find food. Naturally, the animals smell potato chips and want more. Naturally, also, the humans want to retain a hedge between the woods and their home.
Messages about Man encroaching on his environment are throughout, but these do not overtake the movie. It might leave a few suburban moms and dads feeling a little sheepish, but everyone will laugh too much to really have a guilt trip.
I fully recommend "Over the Hedge."
Over the hedge is over the top
Daniel Lee Taylor | GRAND PRAIRIE, Texas United States | 08/11/2006
(4 out of 5 stars)
"A very funny and well executed new animated feature. The story is well written and the voices are well cast. The script is full of fun poking at current day society. When asked how many people normally travel in a SUV, Bruce Willis replies one. There are swipes at video games and high end consumer goods. The most fun is poked at food and the eating habits of the average American. The kids should like the animals and the grown ups should like the humor. There is something here for everybody. This is fun, try it."
Daniel Lee Taylor | 08/20/2006
(5 out of 5 stars)
"This movie was very very funny. The Story was great, how the animals worked together even were they where being decieved. The kids in the movie were very well done, so were the animals. I do not think that they could have done a better job!!! I highly recommend this movie to everyone. Well Done."
Hilarious Family Comedy
K. Fontenot | The Bayou State | 06/07/2006
(5 out of 5 stars)
"I rarely laugh hard enough to bring tears to my eyes in a flick, especially a kiddie flick, but "Over The Hedge" managed to make me laugh until I cried in the climax of the film. This movie is just funny. Sure, it has the token moral message that is expected of children's fare these days, but comedy takes center stage.
The story is rather simple: R.J. Raccoon (Bruce Willis), owes a stockpile of food to a very angry bear named Vincent (hilariously pulled off by Nick Nolte) after he's caught stealing Vincent's stash and eventually losing it. If he doesn't get the food, ice chest, red wagon, etc. back, Vincent is going to kill him. Luckily, R.J. stumbles upon a hapless group of small woodland pals who've awakened to a brand new suburb which has literally grown up around them during their winter hibernation. The group is headed up by Garry Shandling's funny turtle, Verne. He heads up an all-star group of voices such as William Shatner, Wanda Sykes, and Eugene Levy, among others. Steve Carell steals the show as Hamilton, a very "Hoodwinked"-like squirrel who's very, very high-strung.
R.J. plans to use the groups gathering skills to collect everything he needs to pay Vincent back. Of course, the suburbs are full of dangers for any small creature. From Girl Scouts to a very aggressive exterminator to a playful pup, the gang faces all of these problems with funny outcomes. Along the way, R.J. realizes that his selfish motives are wrong, and he decides to make things as right as possible between the group and Vincent.
This is a wonderful tale for the entire family to see. It includes plenty of adult "inside" jokes that the kids won't catch onto and plenty of slapstick humor for the kids and parents alike. It's heartwarming at times and laugh-out-loud funny at others.
I highly recommend this flick. It's the funniest movie I've seen in quite a long time."