What parents need to know
Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that children will identify with the fuzzy little mouse, as the Smuntz brothers try to kill it, so there may be some fear when the brothers almost kill it several times with a variety of implements, including a nail gun. The mouse fills the house with gas later and blows the brothers sky-high.
What's the story?
In MOUSE HUNT, Nathan Lane and Lee Evans are hapless brothers out to rid their house of a very shrewd mouse in this vivacious and clever 1998 movie. Anyone who's dealt with mice on the loose in their home knows how pesky they can be. That's part of what makes Mouse Hunt fun; you can't help pitying the poor Smuntz brothers, who go to wild extremes trying to rid themselves of an elusive rodent. Kids will side with the mouse, of course, because it's cute and furry and performs some spectacular stunts (thanks to convincing and sparingly used computer-generated effects).
Is it any good?
Although something of a Home Alone retread, it has far more brains, heart, and style, which will endear it to adults as well as young viewers. Take heed of the PG rating for excessive cartoon-style violence. About two-thirds of the way through it takes an excessively cruel turn, when the mouse floods the house with gas fumes and blows the brothers sky-high. Kids will eat it up, but parents may wince.
Casting Christopher Walken as an exterminator is just one of many inspired touches that gives this movie its adult appeal. William Hickey is also fine -- in one of his last performances -- as frail old Rudolph Smuntz, whose somber portrait keeps changing expression after he passes on.
Families can talk about...
Families can talk about why we laugh at cartoonish violence.