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||Bill Murray, Molly
Shannon, Chris Elliott and the voices of Chris Rock,
Laurence Fishburne, David Hyde Pierce, Joel Silver, Brandy,
||They seemed to
||Only if you're
married and it's because your bringing your kid.
||Osmosis has the
hots for Leah, but that's about it.
||I had to think too
hard to laugh.
||The animation was
Bobby Farrelly, Piet Kroon, Tom Sito
Bobby Farrelly, Bradley Thomas, Zak Penn, Dennis Edwards
Hereís the problem I had with "Osmosis Jones" Ė it
tried to be too smart and too clever instead of just trying to be
funny. Before I explain hereís the story.
A Movie Review
"Osmosis Jones" is two stories in one movie,
intertwined. First we get the real world movie with Frank (Bill
Murray) working in a zoo and as the single dad to Shane (Elena
Franklin). But Frank is pretty much gross and disgusting. On the
outside his body looks like hell and he eats like crap, much to the
dismay of Shane, and this is brought to light as Frank eats a hard
boiled egg which has been sucked on by a monkey and dropped on the
ground. Now enter the second story of the movie, what is going on
inside Frankís body.
The inside story is animated, showing the innards of the human
body working like a little city. You had the different parts of the
city interconnected by red and blue highways (get it, veins and
arteries), a Mayor (voiced by William Shatner) making decisions in
Cerebellum Hall, a police chief leading his force from the lymph
nodes, a hot secretary, and a demoted cop, also known as a white
blood cell called Osmosis Jones, voiced by Chris Rock. The problem
in the City of Frank comes when Frank eats that egg. On it was Thrax
(voiced by Laurence Fishburne), a killer virus looking to kill,
well, Frank. Thrax starts his plan by just giving Frank normal cold
and flu symptoms, but heís getting henchman from the Body of Frank
to help him complete the dastardly deed. With the flu symptoms comes
Drix (voiced by David Hyde Pierce), a cold and flu pill taken by
Frank who Osmosis is teamed up with.
Well, on the outside you get Frank struggling to be a good father
and thinking he just has the flu (and looking like crap), while on
the inside Osmosis and Drix think something more is wrong than just
the flu so they try to find Thrax and kill him. Alright, this story
sounds complicated, and it is a little, but surprisingly it flows
smoothly between the animation sequences and the live action, and
thatís on the plus side. My problem, like I said before, is that,
in actuality, the story tries to be too smart and too clever,
reaching for puns and bodily comparisons that, quite honestly, I
didnít want to have to reach that hard for nor think that hard for
in a movie that should have just tried to be funny.
For the kiddies the movie is a little gross, but the animation is
brightly colored, fun, and the basic story is easy enough for them
to have a good time (as was evident from the few 5 to 10 year olds
around me who, after the movie was done, said they liked it). But
for me, maybe I just should have been in the
"intellectual" mood instead of the "not wanting to
think much" mood I was in because to get the jokes you really
have to pay attention.
For "Osmosis Jones" Iím only giving it 2 stars out of
5. I wanted to like the movie, I wanted to laugh, but I didnít
want to have to think too hard to get there. I had to think to hard
and still didnít get there.
Thatís it for this one! Iím The Dude on the Right!! L8R!!!