Furry Vengeance (2010)
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Michael Carnes, Josh Gilbert
Brendan Fraser, Brooke Shields, Ken Jeong, Angela Kinsey, Matt Prokop, Skyler Samuels, Rob Riggle, Toby Huss, Samantha Bee, Erin Howell, Ricky Garcia, Kathleen Fitzgerald, Eugene Cordero, Michael Anthony Coppola, John Currie, Kevin DeCoste, Susan Farese, Haytham Kandil, Salvatore Santone, Charlie Alejandro, Suzanne England, Carrie Ann Quinn, Hunter Wilichoski, Alexander 'Alex' Garde, Rachel Dolan, Alexander Chance, P.H. O'Brien, Preston Hatch, Alexander 'Alex' Garde, Patrice O'Neal, Aliya Victoriya Druth, Alahna Zinni
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Of Animals, Bredan Fraser, and Poo
Favorite Movie Quote: "Bruce Lee from the grave!"
The Sanders Family, Dan (Brendan Fraser), his wife Tammy (a rare screen appearance by Brooks Shields. Seems she's more interested shilling prescription eyelash drugs and La-Zee Boy recliners [a metaphor?]), and son Tyler (Matt Prokop), find themselves deep in the Oregon wilderness, far, far away from the comforts of their urban existence. Dan has received an offer from is boss, Neal Lyman (oddly cast by Ken Jeong), to head the development of a prime piece of real estate for another subdivision. The reason it has remained prime all these years is that it has been protected by its denizens, the animals that live there.
At first, the attacks seem coincidences, but as they become more organized and elaborate, Dan begins to believe that the animals are actually out to get him. Naturally, no one believes his maniacal rants as the attacks become more and more vicious. In an attempt to stop the animals from destroying all that was planned, they are herded up, doomed to some dire fate. Of course, Dan has a change in heart and both he and the animals rush to save their homes, to their Hollywood Ending.
FURRY VENGEANCE, the Roger Kumble-directed kiddie farce, is a stupid movie. Stupid if you are above the age of ten. This is a kiddie movie, devoid of sex, language, but tons of poo, which I recently learned was a favorite fascination for children (the San Diego Zoo devoted an entire section of their Gift Shop to Poo). Brendan Fraser is a master in this genre. With a track record of DUDLEY DO-RIGHT, GEORGE of the JUNGLE, and LOONEY TUNES, BACK in ACTION, no one has mastered the stupid movie as Fraser has. I would go as far to say that Fraser is to the stupid kiddie movie as the inimitable Vincent Price was to the "B" movie. There is not a shred of pretension in his performance, and there is no poo gag he would not endure. Brook Shields uses neither her beauty or sexuality as the long-suffering wife, standing by her man, no matter how insane he appears to become. She does get to do a little physical comedy, which was good for a short laugh. Every family needs a child, and Prokopf fills the bill adequately. They even gave him a love interest, but not enough to take you away from Fraser's vehicle performance.
FURRY VENGEANCE is a formula movie, with the one parent taking their family out of their comfortable environment, claiming to help them, but only looking out for them self, in the vein of RV, NATIONAL LAMPOON'S FAMILY VACATION, and even The HILLS HAVE EYES. It is not, repeat, not for anyone who does not fit the PG demographic. It's a kiddie movie; if you expect anything more, you will be obscenely disappointed.
On my personal rating scale of with "5" being drop everything and see the movie now; if you're female, bear the producers' children and "0" being burn down the theater, murder the movie staff, and violate their dog, this movie rates a "3." Expect this movie to go straight from video to cable to the Cartoon Network or ABC Family. expect your kids to watch it over and over and over and over and......
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