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Chris Hipp
Phenomenal Film Handler

Posts: 1462
From: Mesquite, Tx (east of Dallas)
Registered: Jul 2003


 - posted 09-29-2006 01:19 PM      Profile for Chris Hipp   Email Chris Hipp   Send New Private Message       Edit/Delete Post 
When I heard a talking heads song in the opening credits I thought I might enjoy this one. I was wrong. Totally lame with a few mildly funny scenes tossed it.

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Mike Blakesley
Film God

Posts: 12331
From: Forsyth, Montana
Registered: Jun 99


 - posted 09-29-2006 01:58 PM      Profile for Mike Blakesley   Author's Homepage   Email Mike Blakesley   Send New Private Message       Edit/Delete Post 
Pretty good for what it is -- a kid's movie. Ashton Kutcher and Martin Lawrence are good on the two lead voices. The outdoor scenes are a bit painful in comparison to similar scenes "Cars," but the action scenes were well done.

It was decently funny and didn't drag, and certainly a lot better than "Barnyard," so I predict decent business.

Extra props to the filmmakers for remembering to put the hump in the grizzly bear's back. (After the udders on the "male cows" in "Barnyard," I was ready for anything.) Props taken back, though, for not giving Elliot the knowledge that his antler would grow back. All About Antlers

Overall, a kids film that the parents will not suffer too much.

***.5 out of *****

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Allison Parsons
Jedi Master Film Handler

Posts: 630
From: East Peoria, IL
Registered: Oct 2004


 - posted 09-30-2006 12:31 AM      Profile for Allison Parsons   Author's Homepage   Email Allison Parsons   Send New Private Message       Edit/Delete Post 
I laughed at the part where Elliot pooped. Yeah...thats about all I have to say about this movie.

Oh, and the animal vs human combat sequence was fun. Maybe I'm just burnt out on talking animal movies (which I never thought I'd be)

2 out of 5 stars.

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Brian Michael Weidemann
Expert cat molester

Posts: 944
From: Costa Mesa, CA United States
Registered: Feb 2004


 - posted 09-30-2006 05:12 PM      Profile for Brian Michael Weidemann   Author's Homepage   Email Brian Michael Weidemann   Send New Private Message       Edit/Delete Post 
IMAX 3D, mostly full frame, looked okay, ironically added little depth to the experience. And to extend on Allison's comment, yes, Elliot poops. Oh, that didn't extend much? I guess not.

Even though I'd never heard of him, I must now express I'm not a fan of Paul Westerburg.

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Allison Parsons
Jedi Master Film Handler

Posts: 630
From: East Peoria, IL
Registered: Oct 2004


 - posted 10-01-2006 05:07 PM      Profile for Allison Parsons   Author's Homepage   Email Allison Parsons   Send New Private Message       Edit/Delete Post 
Brian,

If you ever saw the movie Singles, you've heard Paul Westerburg. Or heard the band the Replacements.

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Brian Michael Weidemann
Expert cat molester

Posts: 944
From: Costa Mesa, CA United States
Registered: Feb 2004


 - posted 10-02-2006 04:37 AM      Profile for Brian Michael Weidemann   Author's Homepage   Email Brian Michael Weidemann   Send New Private Message       Edit/Delete Post 
Nope and nope, Allison. [Smile]

I think this movie will do well in IMAX 3D. It's getting good reactions from large audiences. Let's hope it keeps getting viewers through mid-November, until Happy Feet time.

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Mark Lensenmayer
Phenomenal Film Handler

Posts: 1576
From: Upper Arlington, OH
Registered: Sep 1999


 - posted 10-05-2006 07:55 PM      Profile for Mark Lensenmayer   Email Mark Lensenmayer   Send New Private Message       Edit/Delete Post 
Seen on the mighty 48'x28' Imax Jr. screen at AMC Easton. (Sorry, Imax...if you are using a screen that small, it will be IMAX JR. to me.)

No preshow music or video. Lots of booms coming from other auditoriums.

Happy Feet 3D trailer attached. Clearly says 3D. The decision to go 2D probably came too late to change it. Getting tired of that one...haven't we seen that for about a year now?

OK, OPEN SEASON. Well, it wasn't as awful as I expected. Rather bland "kids" movie, with lots of poop jokes for the pre-adolescent crowd. Pretty much uninteresting characters in an uninteresting story with uninteresting 3-D.

Nothing special here...leave it alone and it will go away quietly. Don't see it staying #1 after first week.

Crowd was small (about 10), and I didn't hear any laughter from the kids.

Unless its 3-D, I don't see any reason to pay extra money for the Imax Experience on a screen of this size. (AMC Charges $9.50 for matinee prices, $11.50 evenings, $7 for the early weekend shows)

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Frank Dubrois
Jedi Master Film Handler

Posts: 896
From: Cleveland, OH
Registered: Mar 2005


 - posted 10-15-2006 01:37 AM      Profile for Frank Dubrois     Send New Private Message       Edit/Delete Post 
I thought this was actually pretty good. Maybe I'm comparing it to the recent string of crappy CGI movies...Out of all the CGI based movies that have recently come out, this is probably one of the better ones.

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Kara Tillotson
Film Handler

Posts: 87
From: Manistee Mi
Registered: Jul 2006


 - posted 10-15-2006 04:52 PM      Profile for Kara Tillotson   Author's Homepage   Email Kara Tillotson   Send New Private Message       Edit/Delete Post 
I laughed at it. I liked it better than barnyard. And yeah it IS good to know that all the animal parts were in their correct places.

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