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This The Weekend In The Box Office: The Nut Job 2

Happy Weekend Kansas City!  If you’re looking for something to do this weekend as you’re getting into ‘Back to School’ mode, check out The Nut Job 2!  Erin, from our iFamily Mom Squad, had a chance at a sneak peek and shares her thoughts with us below. Take a look…

“The Nut Job 2: Nutty by Nature”

Release Date:  11 August 2017

Run Time:  95 minutes

MPAA Rating:  PG (for mild action and rude humor)

Director:  Cal Brunker

Cast:  Will Arnett, Katherine Heigl, Maya Rudolph, Jackie Chan

Surly and his crazy crew from The Nut Job are back at it again in The Nut Job 2: Nutty by Nature. After their current home, the nut factory, goes up in a puff of smoke, they go in search of a new home.  They find the perfect home in a beautiful park.  Unfortunately, they are up against the evil money hungry Mayor of Oakton City!  He plans to bulldoze the park and build a gigantic rundown amusement park in it’s place.  The animals join together to try to save their beloved home.  There are a few new characters are introduced in this sequel to the 2014 movie.  A sweet-looking but tough little mouse, Mr. Feng, voiced by the hilarious comedic Kung Fu legend, Jackie Chan.

My kids, ages 2 and 7, enjoyed the movie and the wild and crazy antics of the animals provided some laughs!  At 1 1/2 hours, it was the perfect length to keep their attention.  I think children over 10 might be a bit bored with the simplistic plot.  To be honest, maybe waiting for a Netflix release might not be a terrible idea for anyone older than 8.  We saw the first one in theaters 3 years ago and honestly I don’t remember much of it and neither did my oldest child.  Even so, the kids wanted to check out the sequel and you don’t really need to see the first one to understand this one. Might be the perfect movie to check out at the drive in for a double feature before school starts!  In theaters August 11th!

From iFamily to Yours,

“The Nut Job” Movie: In Review!

“The Nut Job”

Release Date: Friday January 17th, 2014

Run Time: 86 Minutes

MPAA Rating: Rated PG for mild action and rude humor

Cast: Will Arnett, Brendan Fraser, Liam Neeson

Sometimes an idea that is clever in theory is not so clever in execution. This is one of those times. “The Nut Job” follows the adventure of Sully (voiced by Will Arnett), a mischievous squirrel who has been banished from the his park.  Sully, with the help of his friend, Buddy, and with the eventual help of love interest Randie (Katherine Heigl) and arrogant dummy (Brendan Frasier) attempt the job of a lifetime as they try to steal the nuts from a local nut store.

A furry critter version of Ocean’s 11 sounds like a lot of fun, but the end result did not live up to the promising premise. There was very little wit, and not a ton of action.  What it did have was flatulence jokes, and plenty of them. There were also puns along the lines of, “you’re nuts!”. Well done, writers.

Despite its many flaws, the movie is not without its charms. Maya Rudolph, as the voice the ineffective guard dog Precious, delivers some genuine chuckles. The movie also shows the importance of working together and caring about more than just yourself.

Since Pixar came along (and with some of the more recent Disney animated pictures like Wreck it Ralph and Frozen) parents of small children have been spoiled by animated movies that are able to capture the hearts and tickle the funny bones of kids and adults alike. When “Toy Story” happened, I imagine parents must have considered it a pleasant surprise to bring their kid to a movie and understand some jokes that their kids might have missed. Now, it’s become an expectation for animated movies to have universal appeal and I’m not sure that is fair. Obviously, it is preferable (and profitable) to make a movie that appeals to everyone, but is also ok to make a kids movie that is mostly for kids. Grownups, this movie is not made for you. You may grown at the 4th “nut” pun and all the slapstick but your kid (providing he or she is between 5 and 10 years old) probably loves it, and that is what really matters.

On my scale of 1 to 10 with 1 being the worst, 5 being the best and 10 being the worst again, I give “The Nut Job” a 2.25 with an emoticon based sub ranking of: “Oh, Nuts!”

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