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
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North (Elijah Wood) keeps being ignored by his parents (Jason Alexander, Julia Louis-Dreyfus). He is all stressed out. After talking to the mall Easter Bunny (Bruce Willis), he decides to sue to become a free agent kid. He gets Arthur Belt (Jon Lovitz) as his lawyer. The judge gives North until Labor Day to find new parents or go back to his old parents or be sent to an orphanage. He goes off on a worldwide search for new parents with all kinds of wild couples applying.
The basic premise demeans the idea of childhood and family. Other than that, there isn't anything particularly funny in this movie. I don't know if there is something about the Alan Zweibel novel that director Rob Reiner missed. It needs to have a wilder crazier wackier sense of style. It needs to bring the audience into a completely different world. The movie needs to be played like a kid's fantasy. Having Bruce Willis play various characters doesn't give it that magical feeling. This movie needs to be seen through a lens of magic. This is not simply boring or unfunny. This is wrong headed.
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