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Two squabbling brothers inherit a string factory and an abandoned old
mansion from their dead father, only to discover the house is a design
classic worth a fortune. Their one problem is a tenacious mouse who has
taken up residence and refuses to leave. Much chaos and destruction
This is a great mad movie, full of wild acting and delirious pratfalls. Adam Rifkin's script is fantastic; the central conceit (man versus mouse) is maybe a little thin, but there's so much funny and inventive action and the characters are so goofy that who cares ? Lane is wonderfully pompous, Evans' body-popping antics are a scream and Walken has a hilarious cameo as a barking mad high-tech exterminator. Technically the film is just superb, with fabulous design for the house and the string factory, some wonderful mouse-point-of-view photography and several bravura set-pieces (my favourite is a scene where the brothers set up about ten thousand mousetraps). It also has a fabulous driving score by Alan Silvestri which stirs the whole movie into a higher gear of nuttiness and entertainment. Brilliantly directed.
This is a great movie - dark enough for adults and enough slapstick for
Chris Walken puts in a superb slot and the leads do an fantastic job - if you have not seen this I strongly suggest that you do!
This film was obviously directed at kids when you see all the cartoon like violence. I'm not sure why so many people get so worked up over the violence in this film and never say a word about the brutal violence that has existed on this planet for centuries. It's all in the name of fun and to make you laugh. Nathan Lane and Lee Evans were funny and had great chemistry together. This was an enjoyable film and a sure winner. Thumbs up.
What amazes me about the previous comments made is that none of them mention
Laurel and Hardy.
This movie is clearly a homage to L&H, or should that be "attempt at trying to imitate L&H"?
The scene in the square, where the fatter, moustached Smuntz brother waves the ends of his tie at the women across the way is a straight lift from Hardy, and there are many other places where the scene is, shall we say, uncannily like a Laurel and Hardy scene.
Since film-making has advanced a little since their day, there is the opportunity to have a lot more special effects, and the mouse which is the bane of the Smuntz brothers' lives can be filmed doing lots more interesting tricks. Actually, the mouse chases are more obviously copied from Tom & Jerry cartoons, but the ease with which they fit in makes it hard to avoid the conclusion that they'd have had those sequences in the Laurel and Hardy movies if they could.
The big difference between this and a L&H movie, though, is also a product of "progress". Because it is made with the child audience in mind, it is more crudely drawn and lacks finesse.
It's perhaps difficult these days to do slapstick with the same innocence that Chaplin or Laurel and Hardy managed, and so it inevitably seems disappointing, but Mouse Hunt makes a pretty good stab.
The beginning is a little slow but since this is for children that is not a
bad thing: they have time to crunch through their popcorn and crisps before
the action starts. It took its time to more fully realise the two lead
characters and I did appreciate that this was not simply a slap stick
comedy. Once going the laughs come thick and fast, and there are some really
Note to self:
Get this on video.
Don't try to swallow Coke while watching someone blown up a chimney shaft; it's messy.
Two brothers (Lane and Evans) inherit a mansion complete with the world's smartest and meanest mouse. A fun family film with many moments of laughter and entertainment. Lane has all of the best dialogue, while the mouse has the most difficult stunts. An enjoyable film that doesn't take itself too seriously. Christopher Walken co-stars.
I saw this movie first on video. With a 24 hr. rental I watched it all the way through three times. Interestingly I kept seeing things I hadn't noticed the first or second viewing, like Christopher Walken's incredible hi-tech, mouse locater outfit, and the edible cockroach at the hero's restaurant. It is an old fashioned laugh riot that reminded me of the old Abbott and Costello movies, but with much better writing and all the twists that computer animation can provide. In short it is a movie that children will love, that parents can appreciate at a completely different level.
A great first showing for the future director of the Pirates of the Caribbean Trilogy. I am always finding gems like this one for my permanent "can't live without" collection that my family watches probably once a month or so. Mousehunt is, I think, one of those great sleeper movies like "Princess Bride" that most people miss when they first come out. Now I am anxiously awaiting the release of Pirates 3 to see how it all turns out. I can hardly wait! To understand how good Gore really is, he has only done 8 films, 3 of those are "Pirates" and then there is Mousehunt, his directorial DEBUT. Wow. I will be checking out his other stuff now. Keep up the great work "Gregor" (his real first name)!
Lane and Evans are two bumbling brothers who inherit a spooky old mansion from their recently deceased father. They do some work on the house so they can sell it, but a rambunctious mouse that already inhabits the house has other plans. The Home Alone style slapstick may be too violent for the youngest children, but by most standards it's pretty funny. Christopher Walken has a hilarious bit as an exterminator who takes his job just a bit too seriously. 3/4
String magnate Rudolf Smuntz (William Hickey) dies leaving his ancient
factory and run-down mansion to his sons Lars (Lee Evans) and Ernie
(Nathan Lane). Ernie loses his trendy restaurant after poisoning the
mayor by serving food with a cockroach and reduced to being a fry cook.
Lars rejects a large offer for the factory and his wife April (Vicki
Lewis) throws him out of the house. The brothers go to the house and
discover it to be built by famed architect LaRue. LaRue fanatic
Alexander Falko (Maury Chaykin) is eager to buy but Ernie greedily
arranges for an auction in a week's time. They are shocked when Falko
indicates a value of as much as $10 million. They are hounded by an
elusive mouse and Ernie intends not to repeat the cockroach incident.
They use various methods including a cat named Catzilla and an
exterminator named Caesar (Christopher Walken).
This is simply not that funny. It's a sort of reverse Home Alone. It is following the Wet Bandits without Macaulay. I actually think this movie needs a cute animated mouse whom the audience can root for. It might be funnier from the viewpoint of the mouse. Ernie's motivation doesn't make much sense. It's a lot slapstick and destruction resulting in limited laughs. The movie could go full throttle Three Stooges but it doesn't have that childlike quality. They are too money grubbing for that. There is nothing particularly bad or hateful about this. It's just not that funny.
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