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.