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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.

Director:

Rob Reiner

Writers:

Alan Zweibel (novel), Alan Zweibel (screenplay) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Elijah Wood ... North
Jason Alexander ... North's Dad
Julia Louis-Dreyfus ... North's Mom
Marc Shaiman ... Piano Player
Jussie Smollett ... Adam
Taylor Fry ... Zoe
Alana Austin ... Sarah
Peg Shirley ... Teacher
Chuck Cooper ... Umpire
Alan Zweibel ... Coach
Donavon Dietz Donavon Dietz ... Assistant Coach
Teddy Bergman ... Teammate
Michael Cipriani Michael Cipriani ... Teammate
Joran Corneal Joran Corneal ... Teammate
Joshua Kaplan Joshua Kaplan ... Teammate
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Storyline

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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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

22 July 1994 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Норт See more »

Filming Locations:

West Caldwell, New Jersey, USA See more »

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Budget:

$40,000,000 (estimated)

Gross USA:

$7,138,449
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Dolby | SDDS

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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At the time of its release, Roger Ebert and Gene Siskel considered this to be one of the worst films they'd ever reviewed. Ebert wrote, "I hated this movie. Hated hated hated hated hated this movie. Hated it. Hated every simpering stupid vacant audience-insulting moment of it. Hated the sensibility that thought anyone would like it. Hated the implied insult to the audience by its belief that anyone would be entertained by it." The pair later reviewed it on their television show, where Ebert went on to say that the movie made him "cringe... just sitting here thinking about it." Gene Siskel characterized it as "junk" and said that it made him feel "unclean." The clip of their review would go on to become a popular Internet meme associated with bad movie reviews. When Rob Reiner was roasted at the New York Friar's Club, Richard Belzer asked him to read Ebert's review, Reiner did so, then joked "if you read between the lines, [the review] isn't really that bad." Screenwriter Alan Zweibel keeps a clipping of the review in his wallet, sometimes reading it at public appearances. Ebert's review eventually became so notorious (arguably more so than the film itself) that he later released a collection of negative reviews titled "I Hated, Hated, Hated This Movie." See more »

Goofs

When North is in Alaska, and the family is walking their grandfather to the shore, the ceiling of the studio that the scene is filmed in is visible. 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

Featured in Siskel & Ebert: The Worst Films of 1994 (1995) See more »

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WINTER WONDERLAND
by Felix Bernard and Richard B. Smith (as Dick Smith)
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doesn't take an adult to see this movie is crap
2 March 2010 | by ashtree80See all my reviews

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I was only 6 years old when I watched North - apparently this was old enough to notice its stupidity. Despite all of its manic plot points, the movie is very forgettable. In fact, I completely forgot that Bruce Willis was in this movie. But maybe that was just my unconscious mind it blocking out.

So, at only six years old I found this movie incredibly stupid. Watching the scenes in Hawaii, I was incredibly embarrassed - for the actors, for the people of Hawaii - everyone.

And it only got worse.

I enjoyed the musical number in Texas, mostly because I'm a Reba fan. And it was kind of amusing to see George and Elaine from Seinfeld as a couple, amusing at first anyways.

And what else can be said about this movie? Most of it is horrible and or unwatchable. But it's not the worst movie I've ever seen. Hell, I suppose it's better than Mortal Combat 2, or Garbage Pail Kids. ( Hardly high praise ).

So remember, if you are stuck with the choice, North is probably better than MK2, but worse than say, most anything else.


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