Saw this movie on opening night last night, instead of seeing the Da Vinci Code, which had most of it's showings sold out. But Becka and I both wanted to see this and it was time we saw something she wanted. Glad we chose it too. Because of the lines, and how the movie turned out......
The overall premise of the movie is basically about a hungry, theiving raccoon named R.J. (voiced by Bruce Willis) who must replace a wagonload of food that he stole from a bear. He leaves his woods which is right on the outskirts of Super Suburbia, with houses as far as the eye can see. Here he meets a group of forest animals including a turtle named Verne, voiced by Gary Shandling, and a nutty squirrel named Hammy, voiced by the 40 year old virgin's, Steve Carell. Here is where the laughing begins.
Other voices in the film are American Pie's Eugene Levy, Catherine O'Hara, William Shatner, Wanda Sykes, Nick Nolte, Thomas Haden Church, and music sensation Avril Lavigne in her first feature film, doing a voice over role. And of course everyone remembers Bruce Willis' voice talents from the first two Look Who's Talking movies.
I have to admit, I loved this movie. It first started with a cute animated short called first flight, similiar to what the Pixar films do with their feature films. Then the movie started. And the audience was laughing from almost start to finish. My big favorite was the squirrel, he was totally hilarious!!! And though at first I thought he was voiced by Will & Grace's Sean Hayes (Jack) it was actually Steve Carell and did a very good job. He had me rolling.
This movie is great for the family. I haven't been a big Dreamworks fans (maybe because I'm a bigger Disney fan) possibly because the first few that came out did have a little profanity in it. But this one had absolutely zero profanity, and the only remotely scary part in it might be the bear towards the end, but I hardly thing it would be a problem. This is a movie you can take the little ones too, although it nabbed a PG rating for rude humor and mild comic action. But it is very funny in my honest opinion.
I highly recommend this movie to the families out there with kids, or to those who want to go out and see a good movie this weekend and bypass the big movie buzz based on a book, or the mild horror flick starring a wrestler. Go see it, get your funny bone tickled, and enjoy!
<edited to add>
With this first review thread, I need to start my own lil rating system. Since half of my name is phoenix, then let's go with the hot scale, with 5 the highest, or in this case, the hottest.
So to sum it up, I give this movie 4 flames, or a 4th degree burn. (trying to fine tune this scale rating.)