Hasta la vista, baby. Drix and Ozzy get ready to do battle...
dir Peter Farrelly, Bobby Farrelly|
scr Marc Hyman
with Bill Murray, Elena Franklin, Chris Elliot, Molly Shannon
voices Chris Rock, David Hyde Pierce, Laurence Fishburne, William Shatner, Ron Howard, Brandy Norwood, Joel Silver, Kid Rock
release US 10.Aug.01; UK 2.Nov.01
Warners 01/US 1h35
Mixing live action with animation, buddy cop comedy with political satire, the Farrelly Brothers try their hand at a family film. Their gross-out sensibilities are intact ... as is their uneven approach to storytelling. Frank (Murray) is a serious slob who will eat virtually anything, which makes his pre-teen daughter (Franklin) worry. Jump to animation and we're inside his body, aka The City of Frank, where a white blood cell named Jones (voiced by Rock) teams up with a cold capsule (Pierce) to battle a deadly virus called, erm, Thrax (Fishburne). Meanwhile, the Mayor of Frank (Shatner) is denying all danger in his effort to secure re-election.|
The script has just enough clever joke to keep us chuckling, even if it never scales the heights of classic comedy. Yes, much of it centres in the toilet--vomit, snot, pimples, sweat, wind, urine. But there's intelligent stuff as well ... and it's densely packed. Scarcely a second passes without a visual or verbal pun. The animation is terrific--original and vibrant, with thrilling action and sharply witty design. On the other hand, the live-action segments let the film down badly--Murray's character is far too slovenly, his daughter too preachy, and his best friend too vile (Elliot as virtually the same long-haired slob he played Scary Movie 2 and Snow Day). You wish it had switched to animation and never cut back outside the body at all!
|kayleigh briston, redcar: "i thought it was a really good movie. it is funny but smart." (27.Apr.04)|