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North (1994)

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Eleven-year-old North has had it with his parents. They are always busy with their careers and don't give North the attention he needs, so he files a lawsuit against them. The judge rules ... See full summary »

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Eleven-year-old North has had it with his parents. They are always busy with their careers and don't give North the attention he needs, so he files a lawsuit against them. The judge rules that North should either find new parents or return to his own parents within two months. Thus north starts off on an hilarious journey around the world to find the parents that really care about him. Written by Peter Huiskes <huiskes@westbrabant.net>

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Rated PG for a few words | See all certifications »

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22 July 1994 (USA)  »

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Det perfekte barn  »

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$40,000,000 (estimated)

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$7,138,449 (USA)
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At the time of its release, Roger Ebert and Gene Siskel considered this to be one of the worst films they'd ever reviewed. Ebert wrote, "I hated this movie. Hated hated hated hated hated this movie. Hated it. Hated every simpering stupid vacant audience-insulting moment of it. Hated the sensibility that thought anyone would like it. Hated the implied insult to the audience by its belief that anyone would be entertained by it." The pair later reviewed it on their television show, where Ebert went on to say that the movie made him "cringe... just sitting here thinking about it." Gene Siskel characterized it as "junk" and said that it made him feel "unclean." The clip of their review would go on to become a popular Internet meme associated with bad movie reviews. When Rob Reiner was roasted at the New York Friar's Club, Richard Belzer asked him to read Ebert's review, Reiner did so, then joked "if you read between the lines, [the review] isn't really that bad." Screenwriter Alan Zweibel keeps a clipping of the review in his wallet, sometimes reading it at public appearances. Ebert's review eventually became so notorious (arguably more so than the film itself) that he later released a collection of negative reviews titled "I Hated, Hated, Hated This Movie." See more »

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When North is being chased through a New York airport, he passes a neon eagle on the wall. This eagle is in the Los Angeles airport. See more »

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Federal Express Truck Driver: If you absolutely, positively have to get home by tomorrow morning, you've come to the right truck.
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Scarlett Johansson is credited as Scarlett Johanssen. Her surname is spelt wrong! See more »

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References Leave It to Beaver (1957) See more »

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IF I WERE A RICH MAN
From Fiddler on the Roof (1971)
by Jerry Bock and Sheldon Harnick
Performed by Elijah Wood
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Rob Reiner, how could you stoop so low?
15 July 2011 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

I love Rob Reiner and his movies, Stand By Me, When Harry Met Sally, This is Spinal Tap, The Princess Bride and Misery are classics and I enjoyed The American President and The Bucket List.

North did intrigue me with its idea, message and the cast, however these two things aren't enough to stop it from being Reiner's worst and most disappointing film. I liked the musical number in Texas and the mostly extravagant visuals.

On the other hand, the writing is incredibly forced and stupid, the Hawaai sequence anyone, the story is thin and has no idea what it wants to be and Reiner gives his clumsiest directing job here. The characters are poorly conceived and written, and the acting is lamentable considering how talented the cast is.

Elijah Wood I quite like, but I found him rather obnoxious and over-eager here. Jason Alexander and Julia Louis-Dreyfuss are wasted, while Buce Willis' role could best be described as a career killer.

All in all, liked the idea but found the effort very clumsy. It is sad that Reiner stooped as low as this. 2/10 Bethany Cox


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