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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 survive by raiding a nut store, a location that also happens to be a front for a human gang's bank robbery.

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Peter Lepeniotis
1 win & 5 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Will Arnett ... Surly (voice)
Brendan Fraser ... Grayson (voice)
Liam Neeson ... Raccoon (voice)
Katherine Heigl ... Andie (voice)
Stephen Lang ... King (voice)
Maya Rudolph ... Precious (voice)
Jeff Dunham ... Mole (voice)
Gabriel Iglesias ... Jimmy (voice)
Sarah Gadon ... Lana (voice)
James Rankin James Rankin ... Fingers (voice)
Scott Yaphe Scott Yaphe ... Lucky (voice)
Joe Pingue ... Johnny (voice)
Annick Obonsawin ... Jamie (voice) (as Annick Obonswin)
Julie Lemieux ... Girl Scout (voice)
Rob Tinkler ... Redline / Buddy (voice)
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Storyline

In a city park, Surly the Squirrel has finally gone too far with his latest caper . Now exiled, Surly and his rat buddy Buddy's collective nightmare on the streets ends when they discover a nut store to raid. 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 »


Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

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Official Sites:

Official site [Japan]

Country:

Canada | South Korea | USA

Language:

English | Dutch

Release Date:

17 January 2014 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Locos por las nueces See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$42,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$20,550,000, 19 January 2014, Wide Release

Gross USA:

$64,251,541

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$122,529,966
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Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?

Trivia

South Korean entertainer Psy made a cameo appearance as himself during the film's ending credits which would also feature his hit song "Gangnam Style." See more »

Quotes

Surly: Okay, we get a crew, we break in, but we do it my way...
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Crazy Credits

Halfway through the end credits there is a scene with the Raccoon sitting on a buoy near Sydney, Australia, surrounded by sharks. See more »

Connections

Featured in AniMat's Reviews: The Nut Job (2014) See more »

Soundtracks

Great Intentions
Performed by Damato
Written by Jason French Muniz, Jason Rabinowitz, Cheapshot (as Colton Fisher), James Katalbas
Courtesy of Bridge Compositions
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Terrible, forced, cringe inducing pile of garbage
9 February 2014 | by carrotbastardSee 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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