Critics Consensus

Laden with schmaltz and largely bereft of evident narrative purpose, North represents an early major disappointment from previously sure-handed director Rob Reiner.



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A young boy demands a divorce from his neglectful parents and is granted approval -- but only if he can find suitable replacements within two months. He then sets off on a quest around the world in search of the perfect family in this parable-like comedy.

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Jon Lovitz
as Arthur Belt
Alan Arkin
as Judge Buckle
Abe Vigoda
as Grandpa
Jason Alexander
as North's Dad
Keone Young
as Governor Ho
Lauren Tom
as Mrs. Ho
Graham Greene (II)
as Alaskan Dad
Kathy Bates
as Alaskan Mom
Bruce Willis
as Narrator
Ben Stein
as Curator
Kelly McGillis
as Amish Mom
Faith Ford
as Donna Nelson
John Ritter
as Ward Nelson
Marc Shaiman
as Piano Player
Peg Shirley
as Teacher
Donavon Dietz
as Assistant Coach
Teddy Bergman
as Teammate
Joran Corneal
as Teammate
Joshua Kaplan
as Teammate
James F. Dean
as Dad Smith
Nancy Nichols
as Mom Jones
Ryan O'Neill
as Andy Wilson
Kim Delgado
as Dad Johnson
Tony T. Johnson
as Steve Johnson
Carmela Rappazzo
as Receptionist
Jordan Jacobson
as Vice President
Chad Allen
as Texas Dancer
Rafale Yermazyan
as Austrian Dancer
Mitchell Group
as Dad Wilson
Pamela Harley
as Reporter
Glenn Kubota
as Reporter
Matthew Arkin
as Reporter
Marc Coppola
as Reporter
Colette Bryce
as Reporter
Alan Rachins
as Defense Attorney
Abbe Levin
as Operator
Sarah Martineck
as Kid in Airport
Helen Hanft
as Operator
Carol Honda
as Operator
Peggy Gormley
as Operator
Lillias White
as Operator
Mark Meismer
as Texas Dancer
Bryan Anthony
as Texas Dancer
James Harkness
as Texas Dancer
Brett Heine
as Texas Dancer
Chad E. Allen
as Texas Dancer
Lydia E. Merritt
as Texas Dancer
Kelly Shenefiel
as Texas Dancer
Danielle Jeffery
as Texas Dancer
Carmit Bachar
as Texas Dancer
Krista Buonaro
as Texas Dancer
Kelly Cooper
as Texas Dancer
Stefanie Roos
as Texas Dancer
Jenifer Strovas
as Texas Dancer
Sebastian La Cause
as Texas Dancer
Jenifer Panton
as Betty Lou
Gil Janklowicz
as Man on Beach
Maud Winchester
as Stewart's Mom
Fritz Sperberg
as Stewart's Dad
Brynn Hartman
as Waitress
Larry B. Williams
as Alaskan Pilot
Monty Bass
as Eskimo
Eva Larson
as Eskimo
Marla Frees
as DC Reporter
Robert Rigamonti
as DC Reporter
Jay Black
as Amish Pilot
Rosalind Chao
as Chinese Mom
George Cheung
as Chinese Barber
Ayo Adejugbe
as African Dad
Darwyn Carson
as African Mom
Lucy Lin
as Female Newscaster
Scarlett Johansson
as Laura Nelson
Jesse Zeigler
as Bud Nelson
Audrey Klebahn
as Secretary
Philip Levy
as Panhandler
Dan Grimaldi
as Hot Dog Vendor
Wendel Josepher
as Ticket Agent
Adam Zweibel
as Kid in Aiport
Matthew Horn
as Kid in Aiport
Sarah Martinek
as Kid in Aiport
Brian Levinson
as Kid in Aiport
D.L. Shroder
as Federal Express Agent
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Critic Reviews for North

All Critics (35) | Top Critics (13)

  • Have you ever seen a rich Texan before? How about a Hawaiian who lives near a beautiful beach?

    Aug 16, 2017 | Rating: 0/4 | Full Review…
  • The amalgams of TV stereotypes that satirize foreign and regional cultures are embarrassing.

    Jul 9, 2013
  • It's a prime example of what can happen when hip, slightly cynical establishment filmmakers try to make a deeply sentimental movie.

    Jun 5, 2013 | Rating: 2/4 | Full Review…
  • How could director Rob Reiner, whose touch for what pleases a mass audience is usually unfailing, have strayed this far?

    Jun 5, 2013 | Rating: 1/5 | Full Review…
  • The intrinsic failure of Alan Zweibel and Andrew Scheinman's script is that it tips its hand from the start.

    Mar 26, 2009

    Leonard Klady

    Top Critic
  • Reiner is undecided just how fantastically he should treat this ludicrous plotline. Added to which there's a dire musical number, a silly thriller subplot, and much maudlin didacticism from narrator Willis in various guardian angel (dis)guises. Misery.

    Jan 26, 2006 | Full Review…

    Geoff Andrew

    Time Out
    Top Critic

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