Michael J. Fox may not be able to move around like he could in the Back to the Future days, but he finds new agility in Stuart Little, a hopelessly stupid yet mildly entertaining film that blends real-life acting and Oscar-nominated computer graphics.
The movie boasts such stars as Geena Davis, Jonathan Lipnicki (who stole the show in Jerry Maguire), and the voices of Michael J. Fox and Nathan Lane, but the main entertainment lies in the cuteness of the movie. Lipnicki still is cute and the mouse himself is rather bashful, and the movie on a whole is cute. The world on a whole does not find it weird that mice can talk, and that people should not adopt mice as children. In fact, Stuart Little looks a lot like Babe in some ways, only Babe was much more sophisticated and entertaining. Still, Stuart Little has its appeal.
Of course, not everyone likes cute. As for me, I acknowledge who this movie was aimed for, and I acknowledge that my mom and grandma really liked this film, but there are certain things that just get to people. Stupidity is something that gets to me. Every single person in the film, with exception to the cats and little Jonathan Lipnicki, are insane. Nobody else seems to notice that Stuart Little is a mouse. Personally, if I were doing this film, I could have made it appeal to many more age groups if adopting a mouse had been made taboo, and if it had been viewed on as strange. It would have been a lot funnier if everyone but the Littles thought that it was weird that they had a mouse as a son.
Nevertheless, Stuart Little has its moments. It may rely heavily on gags that will get to the really young kids, and there are hardly any jokes intended for older viewers (except for the police station scene), but some scenes were pretty funny.
Compare Stuart Little to some of the other animal films. I can think of Babe, which is far superior, The Mouse and the Motorcycle, which was very entertaining if I remember correctly, and even Witches, in which the main character is turned to a mouse. Stuart Little falls at the bottom of all these, but still manages to succeed in bringing thoughtless children entertainment to the big screen.
Review by Erik Samdahl unless otherwise indicated.
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