Don’t Hedge Your Bet: See “Over the Hedge”

3.5 out of 5 stars Note: I caught this film on TV recently, and I am happy to report that still makes me laugh to this day.  Most of the adult jokes hit, and the voice acting is fine.   While it has some problems, I would recommend it for a family film night.  Also, my comment about the film being as good as "Shrek" is no longer true.  Other than that, enjoy the review! RJ (voiced by Bruce Willis) is a raccoon in Continue Reading

“RV”: What a Ride to Boredom

2.5 out of 5 stars (not totally awful, but not good either) Once upon a time Cassie (Jo-Jo Levesque) used to love her dad (Robin Williams playing Bob Munro) until puberty kicked in and she became a snot-nosed, typical teenager. Now she wants little to do with her dad or her mom, and she treats her 12 year old brother Carl like scum. Carl is played by Josh Hutcherson of “Zathura,” and mom, Jamie, is played by Cheryl Continue Reading

“The Wild”: Too Mild for My Taste

2 out of 5 stars (has some good moments, but is overall bad) Are good movies for 11 year-olds extinct these days? Samson (voiced by Keifer Sutherland) is a lion father whose son Ryan is tense because he can’t roar. They live in the New York City Zoo, and kids usually laugh at Ryan’s kitty-cat roar. Ryan (Greg Cipes) decides to run away. Ryan has heard about green boxes which his father tells him are bad Continue Reading

“Ice Age 2”: Freezingly Funny

2 out of 5 stars (has some good moments, but is overall bad) The gang from “Ice Age” is back in an all new adventure-”Ice Age-The Meltdown.” The Ice Age is beginning to end, and the animals are pretty happy until it starts to get too melted. Sid the sloth and his pals start to notice that the valley is melting and will eventually flood, so Sid, Manny and Diego hit the road again. When a villainous vulture tells Continue Reading

“Pink Panther” is the Cat’s Meow

From the 1963 Pink Panther, this remake is even better than the original. Steve Martin (Cheaper by the Dozen 2) is Inspector Clouseau, a French policeman who’s never getting anywhere because he’s an idiot. But Clouseau’s luck changes when he’s promoted to inspector by the chief. The chief, played by Kevin Kline, has promoted this nowhere man in an evil plot to make Continue Reading

“Nanny McPhee” Worth a See

3.5 out of 5 stars (above average) Note: in the years since this review, I have watched this film many times over and found it to be deeper than I originally realized.  All of the performances are first class, and the mixture of fantasy, comedy, and drama is perfect.  My rating would now be 3.9 out 5 stars (close to being one of the best of the year, if not for some minor issues).  While it isn't perfect, this film Continue Reading