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||Michael J. Fox (voice of Stuart), Geena Davis,
hugh Laurie, Jonathan Lipnicki
They're the reason you'll probably go.
Some cats chasing a mouse.
Some cats chasing a mouse.
A couple of cute scenes.
Stuart driving through Central Park.
I'm not a cat hater, but I have to say
I prefer dogs over cats, and after seeing "Stuart Little,"
well, my feelings for cats were reinforced as they were
portrayed as vengeful, vindictive, mean, and just outright
devious. Sure, the movie was about a mouse who could talk,
but of the wide range of movies to have come out in a while,
"Stuart Little" really portrays cats in a bad light. Oddly
enough it was the cats who made this movie, but I'm still
thinking the cat lovers should be boycotting this film, as
well as anyone else who can't suspend disbelief that a mouse
can talk, unless of course your kids will be dragging you to
see it because the mouse looks so cute on the TV
A Movie Review
"Stuart Little" is a movie based, loosely so I've read,
on a book by E.B. White from the 1940's. That book had a
talking mouse and the movie has a talking mouse, so I'll
just leave the comparisons at that because I have never read
the book and probably will never read the book. But the
movie kinda goes like this. Mom and dad Little are off to
the orphanage to adopt a baby brother for their son, George.
George is looking forward to a baby brother, someone he'll
be able to play ball with and someone he'll be able to be a
big brother to. But, at the orphanage, mom and dad look at
the batch of kids, can't really decide, and then Stuart, a
mouse, starts talking to them, dressed in clothes and just
finishing up reading a tiny book. They didn't find this odd.
Instead they adopt the mouse, bring him home, where the pet
cat, Snowbell, proceeds to try and eat him. Mom and dad
scold the cat, he spits out Stuart, home comes George, and
George hates Stuart. The rest of the movie basically tells
the story of how George and Stuart become friends, how
Snowbell wants Stuart out of the way so he enlists the help
of the alley cats, and how Snowbell comes around and they
all live happily ever after. Sorry if I ruined the ending,
but did you really think Stuart would get whacked with a
Now I have some problems with "Stuart Little," some which
are my own problems, and some which I thought were the
movie's problems. First off I had the hardest time with
everyone accepting the fact that Stuart could talk. I know
the movie is made up and I'm supposed to suspend my
disbelief that a mouse can act so human while being so
small, so I'll let that slide. But what I didn't like was
how preachy the movie became, the "it's no reason not to
like him just because he is different" message. I could
understand how George needed some time to accept Stuart, how
Snowbell felt threatened by Stuart, but don't ram it down my
throat that we should accept everyone.
In the end I guess I didn't like Stuart and since he/it
is supposed to be the likeable one, well, that ends the
movie for me. The family was too perfect, George was a
crybaby, and the only fun I had with the movie was with the
cats. Snowbell was threatened by Stuart being the new family
member, but even more because a mouse can't be master over a
cat, it's against the laws of nature, and Snowbell would be
ridiculed in the cat society. They provided the
entertainment, which was a good thing otherwise the movie
would have been totally unbearable for me. Don't get me
wrong, I like a good story where an animal seemingly fits in
with society (yes, I liked "Paulie," the movie with the
parrot), but don't have that animal so perfect, so proper,
so annoyingly nice. Give him a flaw or two.
So, Stuart is probably going to be cute for the kids, the
adults might like the cats, and some of the sequences are
pretty amazing (like the cats chasing Stuart as he drives
the little car through Central Park), but it's not enough to
save the movie. 2 ½ stars our of 5. Quit preaching to
me and just tell a funny story, and for goodness sake, give
your talking animals a flaw.
That's it for this one! I'm The Dude on the Right!!