"Wait for it... wait for it..." ANIMAL CRACKERS is high energy fun, especially the big finish! There are a couple of stumbles early on, imo- subplots that don't seem to go anywhere, and one or two illogical character choices. It was definitely worth overlooking those imperfections though. It all ties up in the spectacular finish. I laughed! I cried! (Happy tears.) And, although much of the story was predictable (as can be expected in this genre), I did not see the big (happy) twist coming! Maybe you're smarter than me... but that will only make it a little bit less fun to watch.
I gave it an extra half star because of the score and Amy Adams. I think I hated this movie most though because it makes me feel so damn out of touch! Raves from the critics & the audience alike for a movie about a guy who can't manage to have a decent relationship with a real live human being & falls in love with 1's & 0's?! How the hell does anyone relate to this crap? (Spoiler warning.) It did turn into a RomCom about 1:46 in when the poor sap learned that the love of his life is in love with 641 other people. I laughed out loud! Then she and all of the other OS's leave the physical world. Damn that must be driving the IT guys nuts!
Wow, only 2 audience reviews and 6 ratings! This gives me so much power to impact the over-all rating! I watched it mostly to see Sir Roger Moore's last performance. OK, so that was a bit of a disappointment, as it was just a cameo. I agree with half of the other audience critics though. It was a fun movie, with no more bad dialogue than one would expect from a series pilot... and less, actually, than one would expect from a FAILED pilot. OK, so the plot was a little thin & swiss-cheesy, but Rayner & Dushku make a delightful pair of "associates", and the twists were amusing. Best of all, the good guys win! (I cheated a bit on the stars- added 1.5 to my actual rating- guess the power went to my head.)
My new favorite underdog kids movie! Sure it's cliché. The "loser" kids are so pathetic that one can't imagine how they can struggle on. The mean kids are ridiculously mean. But genuine friendships develop, culminating in a very unusual show of solidarity. And there is depth to the undertone. McKenna Grace is amazing, and Jim Gaffigan proves that he's not just a great stand-up comic. He's got acting chops too! I need to hydrate now- lots of liquid lost to tears of joy.
I wish at least one reviewer had warned me, so I'll warn you. If you don't enjoy slow moving flicks with no protagonist then you won't enjoy this movie! If you enjoy dark for the sake of DARK, as so many seem to nowadays, then you'll love it. SPOILER ALERT- At least some of the characters who died horribly weren't innocent victims.