is missing a spark. The concept is great; a world filled with
cities and a civilized structure dwells within each of us, crime,
TV, even an inernet. It's a whole little one cell, germ infested
world. The star-studded the voices behind the animation are recognizable,
but appear to be on autopilot. This is no Shrek
folks. Hard to believe this isn't funnier, as the directors are
the brothers Farrelly; famous
for smash- your- head -in- the- seat -in- front- of- you comedy!
Personal heroes .
Elliot and Bill Murray are the non-animated adult humans in the
flick and neither showed any oomph. Murray has been handing in
poop for quite a few flicks now. He seems as if someone's giving
him a shot of Valium before takes. Or perhaps he's mixing Percocet
in his Gatorade? Chris Elliot
is one of my favorite comics. He was very funny in Scary
Movie 2 (the movie I loved and the rest of the critics hated,
just the opposite of Scary Movie
1 which I hated and they all loved, yeah, I'm always Miss
Popularity"). He seemed to have shared the dullifing Gatorade
with Murray here though.
Jones' (Chris Rock) is a white blood cell living as a police officer
inside Murray's character Frank's body. The tale begins as a lethal
virus; named Thrax (Lawrence Fishbone) enters Frank via contaminated
food and slips away burning mucus membranes in his path en route
to the brain. His evil plan? To shut down Frank- permanently.
figures out this is no ordinary germ from a piece of egg salad
gone bad. This is a virus looking to upstage the E-Coli dude.
But the Mayor of Frank's body is up for reelection and news of
a deadly virus visiting their humble carcass would hurt his hopes
for reelection. He chooses to ignore the cops finding and schedules
Frank via "subconcious" interplay to take a fat-fest-taste-bud
treating trip to a Chicken Wing extravaganza, that will keep 90
percent of Frank's body happy as bacteria in the lower bowels.
noticed his parched throat and has taken a cold tablet to fend
off his weak muscles and achy head. The tablet contains super
-cop , super-snobby Drix (super snobby voiced David Hyde Pierce)
He's armed with soothing pain relief and decongestant bullets,
but can he stop an unidentified lethal virus he wasn't invented
for? He is after-all just an over the counter temporary relief
medicine. A generic at that!
huh? So, why two stars? It's long and drawn. Bill Murray is grotesque
and unable to hold his scenes. I tried to remember the Lounge
Lizard of SNL. A happy place...but, that was too long ago to forgive
these repetitive acts of mediocrity on his resume. Hating him.
inner body mayhem in the cities the animators have created never
"lets go." Never has fun. Which brings me to, so who's
the movie for? My 8 year old nice didn't get all the medical terms
and "haha" play on words and the 12 year old nephew
thought the action was lacking and childish. Hmm. The sister in-law
thought it was too violent for them though she and I giggled several
times at the gross scenes, they sat silent. And I kept waiting,
and waiting for it to pick up...till the credits rolled actually.
Too dull for teens, too smart for kids, and not enough "adult"
innuendos for adults. Sorry Farrelly's love you to pieces but
this just sat there and entertained like a cartoon on in the background
at a family function. And Chris Rock's forced witticisms got oh-so-tiring.
Shannon's small role was, as always, a breath of fresh comedic
is rentable folks, but the wee ones may be confused at a smart
verbal cartoon with too many three syllable words. There are some
very funny Farrelly brother signature über-gross scenes but
all in all this was too dull to venture out to the cineplex for.
Recommendation: Expertly washed anything. Perhaps a dip in
a healthy bleach to water soloution.?
Chris Rock ,Laurence Fishburne, David Hyde Pierce, Brandy Norwood,
William Shatner, Molly Shannon, Chris Elliott, and Bill Murray
Directed by: Bobby Farrelly, Peter Farrelly