Mouse Hunt

1997, Kids & family/Comedy, 1h 37m

32 Reviews 100,000+ Ratings

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Mouse Hunt gets trapped under the weight of its excessive slapstick antics. Read critic reviews

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When their string magnate father, Rudolf Smuntz, dies, brothers Ernie (Nathan Lane) and Lars (Lee Evans) move into his decrepit mansion. Struggling to keep a promise to never sell the now unprofitable string factory, the brothers decide that restoring the house, the last built by a famous architect, could bring them a great deal of money. But during their restoration attempts, Ernie and Lars are continually frustrated by a malicious mouse that keeps destroying their efforts.

Cast & Crew

Nathan Lane
Ernie Smuntz
Lee Evans
Lars Smuntz
Vicki Lewis
April Smuntz (Lars' Wife)
Maury Chaykin
Alexander Falko (Mr. Falko)
Eric Christmas
Ernie and Lars' Lawyer
Michael Jeter
Quincy Thorpe
Camilla Søeberg
Hilde, the bench lady
William Hickey
Rudolph Smuntz
Christopher Walken
Caesar, the Exterminator
Bart Brown
Associate Producer
Walter Kent
Original Song
Buck Ram
Original Song
Phedon Papamichael
Cinematographer
Craig Wood
Film Editor
Linda DeScenna
Production Design
James Nedza
Art Direction
Ric McElvin
Set Decoration
Jill M. Ohanneson
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Audience Reviews for Mouse Hunt

  • Apr 14, 2014
    Stylistically, its very reminiscent if early Cohen Brothers stuff (specifically "Barton Fink" or all things) which is probably the best thing about the film. Lane and Evans just don't get enough to do here . . . which is unfortunate because they have remarkable chemistry.
    Alec B Super Reviewer
  • Jan 25, 2014
    Better than I thought it would be, Lee Evans was really funny and the slapstick comedy isn't as silly as you think but worth the watch.
    Jamie C Super Reviewer
  • Oct 05, 2012
    Simplistic and effective, it's a comedy that you'll never forget. Nothing much to say about it, but it's hilariously funny.
    Sylvester K Super Reviewer
  • Jun 24, 2012
    Mediocre comedy that is slow with bad effects, Mouse Hunt simply doesn't have anything good going for it. The film was funny when first released, however it's not one of those films that has stood the test of time, and quite frankly got sillier with every viewing. I didn't enjoy the film, and I thought it was a poorly made comedy with little to no humor. One thing that made this film pretty boring was the fact that it took a while for anything funny to happen. The build up is slow, and you lose interest after a while. I found the cast to be tiresome and not too good in their performances. This is not Gore Verbinski's best film and he made better films than this. This is a comedy that simply doesn't stand out, and it's not one that delivers laughs time and time again. The film could have really great, but after seeing it once, it was enough. The problem with this film is that it's not a memorable comedy. There's nothing that stands out and like I said, it takes a while for the story to unfold. This could have been a great comedy, but it fails, and as far as family films are concerned, there are much better films out there to enjoy than this. I think this film had the potential in being a great film, but it simply doesn't deliver anything good for the entire family. If you're looking for a great family comedy watch Toy Story or The Sandlot instead, Mouse Hunt simply is an empty shell of a film, a film that leaves a lot to be desired. This is a mediocre film that has a few laughs here and there, but is never anything consistent to truly make it worth watching. The films biggest flaw is that it takes too long to get to the point and there's no real payoff. Not worth watching.
    Alex r Super Reviewer

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