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The Nut Job (2014)

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An incorrigibly self-serving exiled squirrel finds himself helping his former park brethren raid a nut store to survive, that is also the front for a human gang's bank robbery.

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Surly (voice)
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Grayson (voice)
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Raccoon (voice)
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Andie (voice)
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King (voice)
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Precious (voice)
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Mole (voice)
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Jimmy (voice)
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Lana (voice)
James Rankin ...
Fingers (voice)
Scott Yaphe ...
Lucky (voice)
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Johnny (voice)
Annick Obonsawin ...
Jamie (voice) (as Annick Obonswin)
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Girl Scout (voice)
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Redline / Buddy (voice)
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In a city park, Surly the Squirrel has finally gone too far with his latest caper leading to the animal community's winter food cache being destroyed. Now exiled, Surly and his rat buddy Buddy's collective nightmare on the streets ends when they discover a nut store to raid. Meanwhile, the squirrels, the heroic Andie and the ditsy Grayson, are charged by Raccoon to find a new food source and Andie runs into Surly. With no other options, she arranges a deal to help in Surly's heist for the colony, even while Surly fully intends to betray it. However, there is more going on with the nut store being a front for bank robbers while Raccoon has his own agenda to ensure his own power. In the mayhem to come, Surly finds himself challenged in ways he never expected and discovering the real prize to treasure in this adventure. Written by Kenneth Chisholm (kchishol@rogers.com)

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No Nuts No Glory See more »


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Rated PG for mild action and rude humor | See all certifications »

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17 January 2014 (USA)  »

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Locos por las nueces  »

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Budget:

$42,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$25,700,000 (USA) (17 January 2014)

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$64,238,770 (USA) (2 May 2014)
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it is the most expensive animated film co-produced in South Korea. See more »

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Surly: Buddy, we found it! The lost city of Nutlantis!
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During the end credits all the characters, plus an animated PSY, dance to Gangnam Style See more »

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Performed by The LA Outfit
Written by Eric Goldman
Courtesy of Keep Smiling
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Terrible, forced, cringe inducing pile of garbage
9 February 2014 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Before I begin berating this film, I would just like to preface that I would have considered it warranting of a 1 had it not been for the sufficing animation quality. This film is everything amiss about the cinema consolidated into one grotesque, insufferable mess. The pacing shows a stark lack of energy essential to this kind of film, which leaves the audience constantly expecting some kind of climax that the film never really manages to deliver, it's encumbered with purposeless characters and unexplained plot events (most notably a certain elderly character's antipathy for a dog whistle). In addition (as if everything previously mentioned weren't enough) the film has a completely incongruous scene in which the characters begin euphorically dancing to Gangnam Style, as well as a gimmicky, overdone dancing credits sequence involving the presence of a computer animated Psy for no explicable reason. Usually films tend to show a vestige of concern for subtlety when resorting to demographic pandering, though, this film just suffocates you with it.

So, in short, unless you're searching for some ludovico technique material, avoid this film like the plague.


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