I like Rob Schneider and I
like most of the movies he's been in, so it shouldn't be too
surprising that I liked "The Animal"
as well. "The Animal"
is a cute story about Marvin-- a sweet, loser, wanna-be cop (he just
can't seem to pass the physical fitness test to become a full-fledged
officer) who, after a freak accident and some freaky secret surgery,
becomes the best cop on the force. Suddenly Marvin can run twice
as fast, jump twice as high, and his sense of smell and his hearing
are totally heightened. Marvin becomes a super-cop!
Why??? Because when he received new organs and such from his
freaky surgery, the organ donors were animals! The animal
parts inside him are making him a better cop....but there are also
some side effects. Marvin needs to deal with his "animal
sub-conscious" before it ruins his chances with his dream girl,
Rianna, and before it gets him kicked off the police force-- after
all, we can't stand for cops who pee on fire hydrants and chase cats
up trees can we? No.
Overall the movie was quite enjoyable. Rob Schneider is comical
and the other cast members (including the animals!) really help dole
out the laughs too. Colleen Haskell (a former Survivor castaway)
had a respectable debut in this movie but I don't think the part was
much of a stretch for her, it just wasn't a very demanding role.
It's not that hard for a cutie-pie to be a cutie-pie. She was
cute and super sweet and that's all she had to do...sit there and look
cute. Not too hard to do...you know what I mean???
One last thought....Rob Schneider basically played a monkey-man (well,
more like a cat/dog man). I wonder if he was the first actor
they thought of for the role. Doesn't it seem like Brendan
Fraser would have been the obvious choice? I mean, he kinda
dominates the monkey-man genre doesn't he? I'm glad they didn't
cast Fraser...it probably wouldn't have been as funny, it would have
been a re-run.
This is a cute and silly movie. Sure the plot is a little weak
and the ending seemed a little thrown together, but overall it was
enjoyable-- a nice little escape from the summer heat. The
sexual humor is pretty toned down (nothing like "Monkeybone",
I swear!) and although there are a few gross jokes there are far less
than there could have been (thank you writers!). The film is
rated PG-13 but I could see taking a younger child to it, the humor
wasn't very offensive at all (a nice change).
( 2 1/2 out of 4 pops )
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