Rob Schneider, Colleen Haskell, Michael Caton, Edward Asner,
Animal is one of those movies that most people will either love
or totally despise with very little middle ground. It's just as
stupid as the previews suggest. And when going for the outrageously
stupid, you've really gotta go over the top to make it work these
days. The question becomes does it make the audience laugh enough
or does it just become hard to watch and make you wanna cover your
this case, I laughed, I laughed alot. And most of the rest of audience
also seemed to be laughing quite a bit. The previews and commercials
for this movie are actually a pretty good test. If you laughed when
you saw the trailer and thought the bits you saw on screen were
funny, you'll likely enjoy it. The movie is full of more gags just
like the ones in the promo pieces.
those who may not have caught the premise of the movie, it's pretty
simple. Your basic hapless loser, played by Rob Schneider, is really
trampled on by everyone around him and life in general. He's involved
in a major car accident and rescued by a mad doctor type person
who puts him back together with animal parts. Although he looks
the same on the outside, he now has some uncanny powers courtesy
of the animals inside him. However, he's not in complete control
of those animal instincts which makes for some hilarious scenes
especially when he's either hungry or horny.
this all sounds silly and stupid, rest assured, it is. But it managed
to keep me laughing. Although they mixed in the obligatory romance,
at no point does it really get slow. They kept it mercifully short,
it's under 90 minutes. I have no problem with that, if you've only
got 80 minutes of material, let's see it, don't try to stretch it.
For comedies in particular, it's hard to maintain a side splitting
pace for more than 90 minutes.
giving this movie 4 stars. I enjoyed myself and would recommend
the movie to anyone who liked the trailer or promos. It delivers
exactly what it promised and provides a nice mindless alternative
to some of the other movies out this summer. If you're in the mood
to check your brain at the door and just have a good laugh, give
it a look.
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gunplay but it's almost cartoonish.
butt cheeks are worth one tick in the gore category.
Blood & Gore
guess a car chasing Schneider on all fours counts.
PG-13 rating, but we do get some pokies at least.
of laughs at totally stupid physical humor.