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Over the Hedge

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After Xmas dinner this evening, Kam and I decided to watch something silly and fluffy, and it just so happened that I had Over the Hedge out from Netflix.

I had seen a couple of previews that left me mildly interested in seeing it; I thought it would be a fun timewaster.

As it turned out, I really enjoyed it. It was fun almost all the way through, and I laughed almost nonstop for the last ten or fifteen minutes. (Kam laughed a lot too, though I'm not sure whether she enjoyed it quite as much as I did.)

It's definitely fluff, and the plot isn't anything terribly unusual. And I'm glad I didn't realize that it was loosely based on the comic strip of the same name, because I've never much enjoyed the comic strip. But I really enjoyed the movie quite a lot.

At the start of the DVD, there was a preview for Flushed Away, after which I remarked that I wasn't really fond of slapstick. But then Over the Hedge turned out to be full of really funny slapstick.

Good cast, too: Bruce Willis, William Shatner, Nick Nolte, Alison Janney, Eugene Levy. Plus others I haven't seen as much of (Garry Shandling, Steve Carell, Wanda Sykes, Avril Lavigne) who also did a good job.

Anyway, if you're looking for something fun, slight, and family friendly (rated PG "for some rude humor and mild comic action"), you could do much much worse.

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You might also try Surf's Up. Gnerally I'm not a fan of animated movies, but this one surprised me. It's a mockumentary, clever, funny, with Jeff Bridges, Zooey Deschanel, and that Shia LaBeouf guy.


I saw Surf's Up in April or so, and I liked it, but I don't seem to have written anything down about it. I usually take at least some notes on movies I see, so that when they're mentioned a few months later I'll have some idea of what I thought at the time, but in this case I apparently neglected to do that. I did find it on a hastily written list of recently watched movies I liked, under a name like "that surfing penguins movie that I can't think of the name of right now."

...I had it confused for a while with Happy Feet--the other animated penguin movie, which I also saw fairly recently. I think I should watch Happy Feet again, now that I know what to expect; I went into it with the wrong expectations (like thinking there was going to be surfing in it), and never really meshed with it as a result.


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