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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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North's Dad
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North's Mom
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Piano Player
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Zoe
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Sarah
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Teacher
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Umpire
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Donavon Dietz ...
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Michael Cipriani ...
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Joran Corneal ...
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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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Ever wonder what your life would be like with different parents? A boy named North did. 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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Норт  »

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$40,000,000 (estimated)

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$7,138,449 (USA)
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Trivia

The members of the Nelson family, Ward, Donna, Bud and Laura, are named after characters from classic family television shows. Ward named after Ward Cleaver from Leave It to Beaver (1957), Donna named after Donna Stone from The Donna Reed Show (1958), Bud named after Bud Anderson from Father Knows Best (1954), and Laura named after Laura Ingalls from Little House on the Prairie (1974). Plus the last name of Nelson is named after Ozzie and Harriet Nelson from The Adventures of Ozzie & Harriet (1952). See more »

Goofs

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 »

Quotes

Waitress: One Coca Cola and
[to Arthur]
Waitress: one Sex On The Beach.
Arthur Belt: Aren't I naughty.
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Crazy Credits

Scarlett Johansson is credited as Scarlett Johanssen. Her surname is spelt wrong! See more »

Connections

References The Godfather: Part II (1974) See more »

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THE GIRL FROM IPANEMA
Music by Antonio Carlos Jobim
Lyrics by Vinicius de Moraes
English lyrics by Norman Gimbel
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Completely wrong headed
12 July 2014 | by See all my reviews

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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