Over the Hedge (2006)
RJ (Bruce Willis) is a racoon who lives alone and thinks only of himself. When he decides to rob a hibernating bear (Nick Nolte) of all his snacks, the snacks are destroyed when RJ gets caught. The bear tells RJ he has a week until he wakes from sleep to restock everything he destroyed. RJ doesn’t have a clue what to do until he stumbles upon a group of critters living in the woods, which is now surrounded by a human neighborhood. The critters, lead by a turtle named Verne (Gary Shandling), are all coming out of hibernation as well and are very weary of the new hedge and surrounding community that surrounds them. RJ shows up to be the “hero” of sorts and educate them on all that is new around them. RJ is able to convince them that if they follow him, he can help them restock all their food they used over winter in just 1 week, but will RJ have a change in heart and let them keep it? or save his own hide by giving it to the bear?
Over the Hedge is a charming family film that might not be the smoothest or brightest animated film out there, but it’s the story and the voice actors that make it worth the watch. In fact, it’s the crazy hyper squirrel Hammy (Steve Carell) that makes this movie anything to talk about. If that character wasn’t in the movie, it would be just another lost family tale, but Hammy makes people remember it. They story teaches a valuable lesson for children and isn’t filled with adult humor that kids won’t get. However, adults will still enjoy it nonetheless. I did! Co-starring voices from Wanda Sykes, Thomas Haden Church, William Shatner, Eugene Levy, Avril Lavigne, Catherine O’Hara and Allison Janney.
8/10 Stars – “Do you want to help me find my nuts?” “Very Tempting”
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Category: Adventure, Animated, Comedy, Family · Tags: Adventure, Allison Janney, Animated, Bruce Willis, Catherine O'Hara, Comedy, Cookie, Energy Drink, Eugene Levy, Family, Food, Garry Shandling, Hammy, Nick Nolte, Racoon, RJ, Snacks, Squirrel, Steve, Steve Carell, Thomas Haden Church, Turtle, William Shatner