Two stumblebum inheritors are determined to rid their antique house of a mouse who is equally determined to stay where he is.Two stumblebum inheritors are determined to rid their antique house of a mouse who is equally determined to stay where he is.Two stumblebum inheritors are determined to rid their antique house of a mouse who is equally determined to stay where he is.
In the wrong hands this could easily have turned into a cruel slapstick and nothing else. It's easy to see this sort of thing turning into a Home Alone type thing with the mouse dishing out cruel punishment after cruel punishment. However it's more than that, although it has elements of those films. The film is witty mixing the slapstick with a more adult humour and, although the slapstick is cartoony, it is also clever and imaginative in most cases.
The strength of the film is in three performances. First and second is Lane and Evans, both have an air of Laurel and Hardy (especially Lane) and they make for a good double act. Lane gets to do his usual stuff while the more goofy antics of Lars suit Evans' stand-up routine background to the ground. However the main success is the mouse. In other hands he would have been a mere excuse for destruction, however here he has `humanity' a character if you will. This is perfectly demonstrated by the unintentional chase with a nail gun how dramatic! How tense! But also how touching the mouse is given intelligence and has a motivation for what happens.
Of course at heart this is a kids film and it is a very good one at that. However these other points give it the feel that it was made for adults too. Certainly the inclusion of Walken as a pest controller is one no child will get.
Overall this is well made and is more that just a crude slapstick affair. It can be enjoyed on that level but it just feels that little more mature. To illustrate what I mean can you imagine the difference if Chris Columbus had directed it? Now you've got me!
- bob the moo
- Jun 30, 2002