The Nut Job 2014

The Nut Job

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Hampered by an unlikable central character and source material stretched too thin to cover its brief running time, The Nut Job will provoke an allergic reaction in all but the least demanding moviegoers.

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After he accidentally destroys the winter food supply of his fellow Liberty Park residents, Surly (Will Arnett), a squirrel, is banished to the streets of Oakton. Luckily, Surly finds the town's nut shop and hatches a plan to plunder its bounty. However, unbeknown to Surly and his ragtag team of animal associates, the nut shop is really a front for mobsters who plan to rob the bank next door. While Surly and his team break in to the shop, the mobsters carry out their own scheme.

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Will Arnett
Surly
Voice
Brendan Fraser
Grayson
Voice
Liam Neeson
Raccoon
Voice
Stephen Lang
King
Voice
Maya Rudolph
Precious
Voice
Jeff Dunham
Mole
Voice
Sarah Gadon
Lana
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James Rankin
Fingers
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Lorne Cameron
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Daniel Woo
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Hong Kim
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Jay Ahn
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Mike Karz
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William Bindley
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Critic Reviews for The Nut Job

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  • DreamWorks' 2006 film Over the Hedge scampered through similar terrain with far slyer gags in its cheeks.

    July 31, 2014 | Rating: 2/5 | Full Review…

    Mike McCahill

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  • This is chiefly about the spectacle and the gags, which aren't frequent or original enough to compete with the likes of Pixar.

    July 31, 2014 | Rating: 2/5 | Full Review…
  • Pretty much everything in this South Korean co-production is slightly undercooked, lacking the same degree of sprightly wit or dramatic punch regularly found in A-list studio product.

    July 29, 2014 | Rating: 2/5 | Full Review…
  • The whole thing looks like a video game you'd rather not play.

    February 7, 2014 | Full Review…
  • The bottom line: Kids may be mildly amused by The Nut Job, but adults accompanying them won't find much to capture their interest.

    January 17, 2014 | Rating: 2.5/4 | Full Review…
  • The Nut Job is a delightfully goofy slapstick cartoon with a surprisingly dark heart.

    January 17, 2014 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for The Nut Job

  • Dec 16, 2015
    As expected, just another pointless movie focusing way too much on comedy.
    EpicLadySponge t Super Reviewer
  • Jul 17, 2015
    It's a bit of fun and delivers some laughs, but overall The Nut Job is a mediocre animated film. The story follows a squirrel named Surly who, after being kicked out of the park by his fellow critters, finds a nut store and plans to pull a heist; meanwhile a group of gangsters use the nut store as a false front to tunnel into a neighboring bank. Starring Will Arnett, Katherine Heigl, Brendan Fraser, and Liam Neeson, the film has a fairly solid cast. However, the animation is pretty poor; as some of the character designs and backgrounds are kind of rough. Still, a lot of the comedy works and there's some cleverness to the juxtaposition of the humans and animals as they both try to pull off a heist. Though The Nut Job has its share of problems, it's also entertaining and has a positive message.
    Dann M Super Reviewer
  • Nov 24, 2014
    The story idea is good, but the characters are unsympathetic and usually underdeveloped. The images are high quality, but there's a constant lack of naturalism in the movement of the characters -- so in that sense, it's poorly animated. Mostly good voice acting (except for whoever plays the dog -- totally unconvincing).
    Christian C Super Reviewer
  • Oct 18, 2014
    The most expensive movie co-produced in South Korea...apparently, and Canada had their fingers involved too! So would this explain why the movie is so poor? This whole fiasco is based on an animated short which revolved around the main character Surly Squirrel (sounds like a crap Disney character). Park creatures are the focus of this animal based adventure, well park creatures and some woodland creatures it seems. So its kinda like 'Over the Hedge' but just nowhere near as good or funny. For some unknown reason the movie is set in 1959 although I had no clue to this whilst watching, I just thought it was the artistic style for quirkiness. All these little mammals live in or near a big tree within a park, winter is coming and they gotta collect nuts to survive. I kinda always thought that was a squirrel thing but in this movie raccoon's moles birds etc...all seem to want nuts too. Believe it or not that's pretty much the entire premise, creatures after nuts. The gimmick being after accidentally burning down the big tree whilst trying to nab nuts, Surly Squirrel is outcast into the city to survive as punishment. There he discovers a basement full of nuts but the basement is also the HQ for some bank robbers who are attempting their own heist. Hence the movie being called the Nut Job because it deals with a bank job and a similar job for the creatures trying to nab these nuts...such a clever play on the 'Italian Job' movie...oh geez...face in palms cringe time. Oh and I guess Surly Squirrel is caused this down to the fact he's miserable mean and selfish right? (*groan*). OK the movie looks good of course, I can't fault that but its hardly a surprise is it. Everything is animated beautifully and looks glossy. All the characters are well designed, they all look as they should (cartoony versions of animals) and the voice acting work is solid. The nameless raccoon character looks to have been designed around Liam Neeson's face as they both have similar facial expressions and a big conk which work well. Various other characters are as you'd expect with the stereotypical dumb clumsy characters, fat ugly characters, tough large characters and the one main attractive female character (attractive on an animal level). Most of these characters are all reasonable enough accept for Grayson Squirrel who is the park hero...but is actually very incompetent and cowardly (you're suppose to laugh now...this is the funny character). This guy is annoying and pretty pointless really, he serves no real purpose and could be easily hacked out of the movie. Naturally Brendan Fraser voices this highly annoying and pointless squirrel and we've seen this act before from Fraser. One problem with this movie is there are too many character I think, you're never really sure if you actually like any of them because most of them are so fundamentally unlikable and boring. Well that and incredibly cliched predictable and stereotypical of every animal animated movie ever! The plot is so utterly drab and it goes nowhere! they wanna steal nuts, OK so steal them, what's the big deal. The stupid thing is they're animals...they could probably grab nuts and all sorts from anywhere in a city and in the end they don't actually manage to get them anyway! Half of them got flushed away in the river and can you count wet soggy nuts a score? The actual bank heist sub-plot going on with the humans just seemed so redundant, who cares? I didn't. It didn't really bare any influence or relevance on the animal plot going on around their feet. Christ this movie was dull! I mean seriously I was getting up and doing other things. The plot is so slow, so dull, so unadventurous. The characters are so basic, so flat, so completely lifeless and cliched its painful, the fact the movie tries to be funny also sticks out like a sore thumb and bombs hard. Grayson Squirrel is clearly meant to be the pant wettingly funny aspect of the movie and he sucks ass! whilst the main hero squirrel Surly is just depressing. Oh and Hollywood people...its kinda creepy animating these cutesy creatures with human expressions and body movements. What was that soundtrack about?! I'm guessing the use of horrendous 'Gangnam Style' track is down to the fact the movie was co-produced in South Korea. Was that really necessary? oh and was it remotely necessary to have an animated PSY in the end credits doing that stupid dance with all the animals!! Good God that was terrible, switched that shit off quicker than you can say that song will date this movie badly in years to come.
    Phil H Super Reviewer

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