North Reviews

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Marc L.
Super Reviewer
½ August 26, 2011
I love Elijah Wood. In fact, he is one of my favorite actors. His performances in "The Good Son", "Happy Feet" and "The Lord of the Rings Trilogy" were all spectacular. I also like Alan Arkin. He's not one of my favorites, but I like him. He did a pretty good job in every movie I've seen him in apart from "The Santa Clause 3: The Escape Clause". So when I heard of this movie, I thought it might actually be pretty good. Until I read Chicago Sun-Times critic Roger Ebert's review. Quote: "I hated this movie. Hated hated hated hated hated this movie. Hated it. Hated every simpering stupid vacant audience-insulting moment of it. Hated the sensibility that thought anyone would like it. Hated the implied insult to the audience by its belief that anyone would be entertained by it."-Roger Ebert. He. Was too. Nice.

First of all, this movies acting is down right awful. Elijah Wood, who plays North, does a downright awful job. It's probably one of the hardest thing's I've ever had to say in a review, but it is truly awful. Wood overacts and underacts, playing one of the most uninteresting and annoying characters I've ever seen. However, he was hardly the worst thing about the movie. That would be Matthew McCurley as Winchell, an evil 10 year old CEO with a diabolical plan to kill North. He shows about as much emotion as Matthew Broderick in Inspector Gadget and is about as menacing as "Turl" from "Battlefield Earth". I've seen more energetic acting from the Olsen Twins on "Full House".

This movie can also be extremely racist and stereotypical at times. For example, there is one VERY controversial scene in which North is visiting an Eskimo family, who banishes their grandfather to death because he can no longer help the tribe. It sounds like a really emotional scene, but if you see the movie, it was definitely intended to be a joke. #1: Eskimos only did that in times of FAMINE and when they did, it was a very heartbreaking and emotional scene. #2: To joke about something like that is incredibly insensitive, especially considering this is a kids film.

Speaking of jokes, this film is the farthest thing from funny there is. There is not ONE funny joke in this movie. Most of the time, they;re not even trying. It's like they read the script without any jokes, and then thought of a joke in like 2 seconds without looking it over. When they ARE trying, they try to hard, and the audience is confused over how it's supposed to be funny.

This movie also has absolutely no logic. Kids can;t just divorce their parents. Divorce is a very long and complicated process. It takes months, and North probably would have been caught by then. Also, this movie makes parents look really bad. Parent's are the authority figures, they're out to protect you, they;re not just uncool and mean jerks. Basically, the lesson of this movie is "Parents suck, and treat them with as little respect as possible"

This movie may be one of the absolute worst of the 90's. It's definitely in the top 10. No child should have to go through this kind of punishment. I'd rather watch "The Gameplan" and I absolutely HATED "The Gameplan".
Super Reviewer
½ August 27, 2011
Every director suffers from one very bad film throughout his career in the case of Rob Reiner, that film is North. I remember watching this film when I was younger, and not liking it at all. I got the idea of the film back then, but now over fifteen years after this film was released, this film has absolutely no merit in entertainment. One thing that's shocking is that the film has a very good cast, but not even that can save this shameful film from disaster. The reason the film is bad, is the films premise. A boy divorces himself from his parents to find better parents. Hell, parents aren't supposed to be cool, they're the authority figure, and though most are very strict in many respects, a lot of them compensate by being fair. Hell I was brought up with that. I think that this film spits in the face of parents, and not only that, it insults the viewers intellect, and tries to say that their parents aren't worth a damn. This film isn't Rob Reiner's brightest career move, and that's a great shame because he's made some classics over the course of his career. This is the worst possible family film that you can possibly watch. I was a kid when this film came out, and I remember how bad this was. A good cast is wasted on such a terrible film, it's a great shame, because there's some impressive names attached to this piece of trash.
Super Reviewer
½ May 27, 2011
Criative story, bad film. It's not so terrible like say, but still a crap. Rob Reiner's Unmasterpiece.
Super Reviewer
September 14, 2009
Only movie I've ever seen Roger Ebert give zero stars too...why? It's not one of the best movies by a long shot, but it's average enough.
Super Reviewer
½ June 3, 2007
Neglected "perfect son" Elijah Wood decides to become a free agent and trade in his parents for a more attentive couple, in this unsatisfying adaptation of Alan Zweibel's fanciful novel. Despite several dozen weighty cameo appearances, the parental "trial runs" generate no emotion, and a subplot involving a scheming young friend is quite irritating. Only Bruce Willis lends charm, as an unusual guardian angel.
Sean N.
Super Reviewer
½ July 16, 2010
What do you get with a film that's so bad that Siskel and Ebert named it the worst movie they've ever seen in the time they've worked on their show. THAT is saying something, so that obviously can spell doom for this movie. Even though it has a pretty notable cast, there is not much that will help this movie redeem itself.

North (Elijah Wood) is a child prodigy is who loved by all except his mom and dad (played by, I'm not kidding here, Jason Alexander and Julia Louis-Dreyfus from Seinfeld). North is eventually convinced to divorce from his parents, but must now look for a new family. So North travels the world, from Texas to Hawaii, in search of a new family.

My biggest problem with this movie isn't the fact that the humor is really dry and the cultures North meets don't represent what they really are, the biggest thing I see is what Bruce Willis, who plays the film's narrator, is forced to do in this movie. He has to wear a freakin bunny suit and say he's the Easter Bunny. One of the best action stars of all time is forced to do that? WOW!!

And yes, the humor is pretty dry. I don't think many people have laughed at this movie.

Even though this film has some big names, Bruce Willis, Dan Aykroyd, and two of the main actors from Seinfeld (as I've said), this film really has nothing helping it. Roger Ebert and Gene Siskel were right. This movie is bad. This is really surprising, considering that Elijah Wood and Rob Reiner have done better films (Wood especially).
Super Reviewer
May 15, 2010
I used to love this movie when I was younger, I thought it was much fun. Now as an adult I can see how this movie would seem tacky and silly, but I still cherish it in my heart from the time I was a kid. This movie has so many great actors and the story is very sweet.
Super Reviewer
October 14, 2007
I like the premise but the results are so blah and ingenuine.
Super Reviewer
August 10, 2007
It's sad for me to admit but I never had a problem with this movie. Critics consider it one of the worse movies ever made. I think it's pretty harmless though and original. Hell I wouldn't even mind watching it right now lol.
October 14, 2012
The premise of a kid putting himself on free agency and picking his new parents seems like it could work. I also liked the classic message of the grass being greener on the other side of the hill relating that no parents. The movie just does not make the experience eventful enough. It has an awesome cast but with a few exceptions most of the talent is totally underutilized. It should have spent more time within each trial family. It would provide more good laughs and would use the cast better. It would also better reinforce the moral message of the movie as well. The movie comes off as flat because it glosses through a lot of ground too quickly and does not settle in for the purposes of comedy or for genuine heartfelt lessons. Winslow, the mastermind conspirator of was only distracting and hurt the movie. It is incredibly hard to hard to believe when you get Elijah Wood, Bruce Willis, Dan Akroyd, Reba McEntire, Jon Lovitz, Kathy Bates, Jason Alexander and Julia Louis-Dreyfus all involved that you get such a lackluster movie. It misses on the comedy level and the emotional level.
May 11, 2012
From what I remember, it was a fun movie! Especially seeing Scarlett Johansson, and Elijah Wodd when they were really young.
½ August 23, 2007
Why - oh, why - does "North" exist? What the hell were these talented people thinking when they made it? It probably exists because, through some insane and inexplicable lapse of judgment, Rob Reiner and a very long list of talented actors assumed that people would be entertained by this mean-spirited story. I was not. I find it quite unfunny - and certainly not the material for a "family comedy." A child wanting to divorce himself from his parents so that he may go shopping for new ones in a series of racially offensive and often offensively idiotic vignettes. I would hope most people would find this unfunny. I said that "North" is a "family comedy" because it says so on the cardboard VHS sleeve. Allow me to assure you that it most certainly is not. It is certainly not for kids (or anyone else), and is most definitely not at all funny. I'm with almost every other critic (especially Roger Ebert) when I say that I hated "North". I hated it completely. What a piece of trash.
April 26, 2011
SPOILER ALERT: The ONE good thing about the moive is that it at least ended up being all a dream....I just wish the movie did not play out the way it did.....Look at the cast, and ask why they made this movie? Please do....someone.....anyone.....The little kid Winchell is what ruined the movie the most....hands down....
March 16, 2008
North, a perfect boy disenchanted with his uncaring parents (Jason Alexander and Julia Louis-Dreyfus). He seeks a "divorce" from them and travels the world in search of better parents. It is quite a likeable film, even if it is probably the slightest Reiner has made. Reiner launches into with an appealingly surreal visual sense. The world tour he takes us on crafts a kind of fabulist adventure out of amusingly exaggerated versions of national images ? in Texas everything is bigger with stretch-limos the size of railway carriages; in Paris every tv channel North flips to is showing Jerry Lewis movies; and most amusingly of all is the trip to Alaska where the igloos have picket fences and mailboxes carved out of ice, where people mow snow lawns, and the igloo interiors have fireplaces and lift-up fishing holes in the floor surrounded by armchairs.
September 10, 2008
Some what a weird movie. But it was cute. I think if kids have that right we all be changing, but we all would want to got back to were real mother and father.
½ August 3, 2008
A boy decides to make himself a free person and goes around the world to find himself, or something. Don't ask how that is possible, considering he'd need money and protection. Just take it as a comedy.
½ July 10, 2007
Why I enjoy this movie, I really don't know. But I do. I really like this freakin' movie. Crazy. Maybe it's Bruce Willis, the surreal nature of it, and Elijah Wood being tough to the villian kid at the end. Hm.
½ March 29, 2007
Let's put it this way: Any movie with Jason Alexander can't be taken seriously. His presence in any project is tantamount to the kiss of death.
March 16, 2007
What an adorable movie, I've seen it so many times now! Plus, Bruce Willis is just as amazing as Elijah Wood! <3
½ March 13, 2007
Very funny and full of many familiar faces. Every actor/actress contributed to make it very funny! I want to buy it!
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