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North (1994)

Sick of the neglect he receives from his mom and dad, a young boy leaves home and travels the world in search of new parents.

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Zoe
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Joshua Kaplan ...
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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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North's hopping mad with his parents, and now he's off on a world wide adventure! See more »


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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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$40,000,000 (estimated)

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$7,138,449 (USA)
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The film is included on the film critic Roger Ebert's "Most Hated" list. See more »

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When North is in Alaska, and the family is walking their grandfather to the shore, the ceiling of the studio that the scene is filmed in is visible. See more »

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North: Do I need a lawyer?
Winchell: North, this is America. Everybody needs a lawyer.
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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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FINE AND DANDY
by Kay Swift and Paul James
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Not for Kids, Not for Adults
18 February 2003 | by (Dallas, TX) – See all my reviews

NOTE: Some of you may be offended by the language in this review. If you are, DO NOT see the movie. All the language here is taken directly from the movie.

Roger Ebert "hated, hated, hated" this movie, and while I wouldn't go as far as to say that, this certainly ranks as the worst (by far) Elijah Wood movie on record. The quality of such an actor as Wood or Bruce Willis can't overcome the fact that "North" has absolutely no idea what kind of movie it wants to be.

At first glance, "North" seems to be a kids movie. The plot, in which the title character searches for the ideal parents, is a child's dream. The main characters (except Willis' "guardian angel" role) are either kids or stupid. The message is a simple one about what constitutes a true family, and only a child would be unable to determine the exact outcome within the first thirty minutes of the film. "North" feels like a live-action Saturday morning cartoon.

But do kids movies have sex jokes? Do kids movies talk about men having blood in their stool or boys balls sticking to their legs in hot weather? Do kids movies have children utter words like "asshole"? Do kids movies have the main character apparently get shot in the head? It's one thing to have elements that will appeal to adults, but those elements shouldn't force parents to cover their kids' ears.

North is a bad movie. Parents (and everyone else) be warned.

Grade D- (a few good jokes and the always lovable Wood, but this is a movie that never should have been made)


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