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The Nut Job

By Sandie Angulo Chen, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 6+

Disappointing animal comedy features insults, fart jokes.

Movie PG 2014 85 minutes
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A Lot or a Little?

What you will—and won't—find in this movie.

Community Reviews

age 9+

Based on 14 parent reviews

age 8+

Heavy Propaganda

I couldn't watch past 10 minutes of this. Characters are all unlikable too. As much as 10 minutes isn't enough to totally write a review I just wanted to warn right off the bat it's very heavy with socialist propaganda. Movies for kids shouldn't be that focused on a biased political agenda, or have one at all.
1 person found this helpful.
age 18+

Over the Hedge Clone

Pro-environmentalist, anti-capitalist, and extremely crude. See my reviews on Over the Hedge and Furry Vengeance. Same rules apply to this film. Surly the squirrel is also a total jerk to everyone.
1 person found this helpful.

Is It Any Good?

Our review:
Parents say (14 ):
Kids say (33 ):

Parents, be aware this is far from a sophisticated animated comedy. Remember the old candy bar slogan, "Sometimes you feel like a nut? Sometimes you don't?" -- well let's just say you probably won't feel like this particular Nut, but if you take your kids, the very youngest will probably dig the silliness. That is because most kids of a particular single-digit age will like any thing that makes them laugh and has gross-out jokes about burping and flatulence. The Nut Job offers those sorts of lowbrow scatological amusements in addition to the whole "talking animal" novelty that never seems to wear off for kids. But as for an animated movie that will appeal to older kids and parents, this isn't it.

First off, it's never quite clear when the movie is set. The human characters talk and look bit like they're in a '30s or '40s black-and-white gangster film, but the cars -- particularly the occasional checkered cab -- are more identifiably from the '50s, and the music includes electronic dance music like the 2012 South Korean dance hit, Gangnam Style. In addition to the decade confusion, the pacing is often way off, with strange editing hiccups that lead to an uneven viewing experience. And let's not even get started on the build up of both human and animal heists (the title refers to both) that never really leads anywhere. Some kids may not care about any of these flaws, because, of course, there are still animal farts and punny nut jokes involved.

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