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Stuart Little
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Starring: Michael J. Fox (voice of Stuart), Geena Davis, hugh Laurie, Jonathan Lipnicki
MPAA Rated: PG
Released By: Columbia Pictures
Web Site: www.stuartlittle.com
Kiddie Movie: They're the reason you'll probably go.
Date Movie: Nah.
Gratuitous Sex: Nah.
Gratuitous Violence: Some cats chasing a mouse.
Action: Some cats chasing a mouse.
Laughs: A couple of cute scenes.
Memorable Scene: Stuart driving through Central Park.
Memorable Quote: None.
Directed By: Rob Minkoff
Produced By: Douglas Wick

Stuart Little
A Movie Review

MPAA Rated - PG

It's 1:24 Long

A Review by
The Dude on the Right
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 commercials.

"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 broom?

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!! L8R!!!

 

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