"The Nut Job" Movie Review: 1 Star
by Michael Phillips
Mighty oaks from little acorns grow, and all that, but "The Nut Job" didn't work out that way.
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Director and co-writer
A revised, ultimately redeemed version of the same squirrel returns to take the lead in "The Nut Job," this time voiced
The generic computer animation locates the story in a vague 1940s / early '50s universe of big, boxy automobiles, underworld gangland figures and phone calls that cost a nickel.
There are two narrative lines that crisscross.
One follows Surly as he's banished from the park's threatened animal kingdom (
How the two tales intertwine becomes the main point of theoretical interest in "The Nut Job."
Other rodents come with the voices of
Big problem straight off: tone.
The violence isn't slapsticky; it's just violent. Another problem: Since Surly, even the new, redeemable model, spends so much of the story being a flaming jerk, "The Nut Job" fights its protagonist's own charmlessness from the first scene. Turning a dislikable leading character a little less dislikable by the end credits sets an awfully low bar for this sort of thing.
Because a lot of the financing came from
The script by
Kids deserve better. Even squirrels deserve better.
MPAA rating: PG (for mild action and rude humor) Running time: 1:26.
"The Nut Job" Movie Trailer
In animated 3D, THE NUT JOB is an action-packed comedy in fictional Oakton that follows the travails of Surly (voiced by Will Arnett), a mischievous squirrel, and his rat friend Buddy, who plan a nut store heist of outrageous proportions and unwittingly find themselves embroiled in a much more complicated and hilarious adventure