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Mouse Hunt (1997)



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Gore Verbinski directed this comedy about two brothers (Nathan Lane, Lee Evans) who inherit a decaying country home. They learn that the house is a historical site of such importance that it's valued in the millions. They leap into a full renovation but soon find they are being tormented by a mouse within the walls -- so they call an exterminator (Christopher Walken). This was the late Bill Hickey's last film.more
Rating: PG (For language, comic sensuality and mayhem)
Genre: Comedy, Kids & Family
Directed By:
Written By: Rif Coogan, Adam Rifkin
In Theaters:
On DVD: Dec 1, 1998


Nathan Lane
as Ernie Smuntz
Lee Evans
as Lars Smuntz
Vicki Lewis
as April Smuntz
Maury Chaykin
as Alexander Falco
Eric Christmas
as The Lawyer
Michael Jeter
as Quincy Thorpe
William Hickey
as Rudolph Smuntz
Ian Abercrombie
as Auctioneer
Annabelle Gurwitch
as Roxanne Atkins
Eric Poppick
as The Banker
Cliff Emmich
as Mayor McKrinkle
Melanie MacQueen
as Mayor's Wife
Leslie Upson
as Leslie Reinhart
Mario Cantone
as Zeppco Suit No. 1
Peter Anthony Rocca
as Zeppco Suit No. 2
Steve Bean
as Lester Dinkus
Suzanne Krull
as Waitress No. 1
Pat Thomas
as Construction Worker ...
E.J. Callahan
as Historical Clerk
Susan Blommaert
as Ms. Park Avenue
Valorie Armstrong
as Franklin's Wife
Jose Rey
as Cuban Postal Worker
Carmen Filpi
as Pallbearer No. 4
Harper Roisman
as Factory Worker No. 1
David Fresco
as Factory Worker No. 2
Scott Smith
as City Paramedic
Sarah Dampf
as Crying Child
Orville Stoeber
as Expert No. 1
David Weisenberg
as Expert No. 2
Fred Pierce
as Large Nosed Man
Clement E. Blake
as Homeless Man
Saverio Carubia
as Photographer
Pep Torres
as Bus Boy
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Critic Reviews for Mouse Hunt

All Critics (52) | Top Critics (16)

It's a not-bad gift for those who prefer their laughs black.

January 1, 2000
USA Today
Top Critic

Full Review… | September 7, 2011
Entertainment Weekly
Top Critic

Full Review… | April 12, 2002
Globe and Mail
Top Critic

Full Review… | January 1, 2000
Detroit News
Top Critic

January 1, 2000
Boston Globe
Top Critic

A vivacious, clever slapstick comedy.

Full Review… | January 2, 2011
Common Sense Media

Audience Reviews for Mouse Hunt

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 roy

Super Reviewer


A always love this film when I was a child... now is just another silly, but some times clever movie that looks like a Bugs Bunny cartoon. Rotten.

Lucas Martins
Lucas Martins

Super Reviewer

This movie will please young kids with its stupid cat and mouse slapstick humor, but others will not find it funny.

Aj V

Super Reviewer

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