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The Incredibles
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Starring: The voices of Craig T. Nelson, Holly Hunter, Samuel L. Jackson, Jason Lee
MPAA Rated: PG
Released By: Pixar / Disney
Web Site: www.theincredibles.com
Kiddie Movie: It is PG, so not too young.
Date Movie: Good for everyone.
Gratuitous Sex: Some kissing.
Gratuitous Violence: Cartoon.
Action: Lots of chasing going on.
Laughs: Lots of laughing going on.
Memorable Scene: Just remember why capes are bad.
Memorable Quote: Too many to list.
Directed By: Brad Bird
Produced By: John Walker

The Incredibles
A Movie Review

MPAA Rated - PG

It's 1:55 Long

A Review by
The Dude on the Right
The folks at Pixar have painted themselves into a corner. Why? Because one of these times they will make a movie that just falls flat on its animated face. But not yet, because "The Incredibles" is another fabulous film from those fine folks, and although I thought it was maybe ten-ish minutes too long, I enjoyed the rest of the hour and forty-five minutes. I will give an initial word of warning in case you donít read this entire review, and itís simply the movie is rated PG, and much of the movie pokes fun at life in suburbia, so the youngins might not get a lot of the jokes as much as a "Toy Story" or "Finding Nemo." That said; letís get to the story.

The movie starts at a time where superheroes are indeed heroes, and maybe none more highly regarded than Mr. Incredible (voiced by Craig T. Nelson). We find him on his wedding day where, as he keeps saving the day, he keeps checking his watch saying "Iíve still got time."  Hooray, he's married and all seems well.  All is well, at least until lawyers get involved.  It seems Mr. Incredible saved the life of a guy trying to commit suicide, the man sued the government, who sanctions the superheroes, and then the flood of lawsuits come. Seeking to save face, the government sends all of the superheroes into the superhero protection program, essentially sending them to suburbia to live the life of normal people. Now Mr. Incredible is Bob Parr, married to Helen, who used to be Elastigirl (voiced by Holly Hunter), and living with their son Dash, daughter Violet, and a little baby Parr. Bob is in a crappy job at an insurance agency, while Helen has adapted a little better to suburbia. Like any family, they have arguments about work, the kids have problems at school, and this is compounded by the fact that they have superpowers. Still, Bob is unfulfilled, having once been Mr. Incredible and now just Bob. He still hangs with his old buddy, Lucious, who used to be Frozone, and they tell the wives they are going bowling a lot when in fact they sit around listening to the police scanner, still trying to save lives.

After losing his job, Bob finds himself in a quandary - should he tell Helen. But then a strange opportunity arrives, a mysterious man needs Mr. Incredible to be Mr. Incredible and save his company from a crazed robot. Saving the day, now Bob keeps telling Helen he is going on business trips, and the money starts rolling in. But then the gig is up, Helen suspects something is going on with Bob, maybe another woman, and she begins the investigative work as only a wife can.

Well, things arenít what they seem, and now the entire family gets wrapped up in saving the world from a madman, so the movie changes from life in suburbia to the kids learning exactly what powers they have, and a family bonding together by being different.

Iím not going to go into how the family ends up having to work together, as that might give away some of the fun, so Iíll just say the this movie has two parts, the first half where life in suburbia is the case, and the second half, where superheroes need to save the world. And, of course, they do.

Iím thinking that after reading the synopsis you can understand why Iím saying this movie might not be for the really young because a lot of the jokes are about family life, and they might not get it.

Not as cutesy as "Finding Nemo", "The Incredibles" is still as good as Pixar gets. The animation is getting unbelievable, and the storytelling is still top-notch. With that, Iím giving "The Incredibles" 4 Ĺ stars out of 5, in fact, I think adults might like this movie even more than the kids, especially if they are any kinda fan of superheroes.

Thatís it for this one! Iím The Dude on the Right!! L8R!!!

 

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