One day, a boy named Jacob Two-Two (aptly named because every phrase that he utters is repeated) decides to set out to prove himself to his parents that he can do things, so his father, who...
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One day, a boy named Jacob Two-Two (aptly named because every phrase that he utters is repeated) decides to set out to prove himself to his parents that he can do things, so his father, who is tired of hearing his wife order him to do the shopping, sets Jacob out to buy two tomatoes. As Jacob makes his way to buy them, the greengrocer in the shop keeps telling an officer that Jacob was threatening him, so Jacob escapes, but only just, hitting his head rather hard and awaking in court where he is sentenced to two years, two months, two weeks, two days, two hours, two minutes, and five seconds to a children's prison run by not only a mad wrestler presumed lost, but also two (also aptly named) bird-like and fish-like cohorts as well as slimy humanoids that spray resisters with slime to stop them in their tracks. Helping Jacob in his mission are two young agents that aim to free all of the children kept prisoner in the swampy penitentiary. It is up to Jacob Two-Two to escape this heinous ... Written by
The book for which this movie was based was written by Mordecai Richler, who based the characters of Jacob and his family off Mordecai's own youngest son Jacob, and their family, with each of the children's names based off his real children: Daniel (eldest), Martha/Marfa (second eldest), Emma and Noah (Twins, 2nd youngest), and of course Jacob (youngest). See more »
The character of Shapiro is supposed to have the alter ego of Emma Richler, not Marfa. This possibility was done to avoid confusion on set, combining Emma and Marfa, so Emma Bambrick wouldn't get confused when her name was stated. See more »
Your lawyer's here.
Jacob Two Two:
My lawyer? What lawyer?
Tough luck, kid. Your lawyer is Louie the Loser.
[comes onto the scene eating a doughnut]
Actualy, the name's "Loo-zar", "Loo-zar".
Sixteen years without winning a case? I don't think so.
Believe me, kid, the name's "loser"!
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This 1999 remake of a 1970's film was much better than the original. Gary Busey puts in (as usual) a great performance. The supporting cast of Ice-T, Mark McKinney and Miranda Richardson all give equally good performances. The kids in the movie give marginal performances but are acceptable.
The plot involves a young boy who gets hit on the head and finds himself in court where he is sentenced to slime island, a place where the hooded fang imprisons children for such offenses.
It also has a heart warming ending that teaches a moral lesson. Not bad for a kid flick these days!
If you liked Nightmare before Christmas or James and the Giant Peach, this one has that same Burtonesque feel to it.
Your kids under 8 will thoroughly enjoy this one. You may not. Look at it this way -- kids adore the purple dinosaur and the blue dog, but wouldn't you just like to beat the snot out of both of them? Bottom line is that if you watch it with your kids you'll enjoy it but if you took your saturday night date to the theater to see it, you will probably want to write a vicious, myopic review on IMDB.
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