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THE NUT JOB, 2014
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  MOVIE POSTERTHE NUT JOB, 2014
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Director: Peter Lepeniotis

Stars: Will Arnett, Katherine Heigl, Brendan Fraser, Liam Neeson

Review by Matthew Toffolo

SYNOPSIS:

Surly, a curmudgeon, independent squirrel is banished from his park and forced to survive in the city. Lucky for him, he stumbles on the one thing that may be able to save his life, and the rest of park community, as they gear up for winter - Maury's Nut Store.

REVIEW:

The best thing about 'The Nut Job' is that this isn't your average animation movie. Yes, there is the cute talking animals who need to accomplish something in order to save something or somebody storyline. A plot that seems to be in every single kids film. But there's something more to this film.

For one, you have a supporting character that we think is a good guy at the beginning. We look at him as a leader who is doing good. But halfway through the movie we realize that he's actually the bad guy. Never have I seen an animation film do this before as the lines are generally clear from the start. We are introduced to our hero, and then we are introduced to our villain. Our hero needs to stop the villain in order to save the day.

In 'The Nut Job' we are introduced to a self-serving squirrel who doesn't care about others and just wants the nuts for himself. The leader of the park where all the animals live doesn't like this squirrel and wants him banished. The squirrel doesn't like the leader either. But in the first 30 minutes all we witness is the squirrel being selfish while the leader seems to be doing selfless acts to help the fellow animals. Then we soon realize that things aren't always what they seem and the squirrel definitely has reasons for not liking the leader. And this is a cool theme for kids to watch.

There are obvious political parralels in 'The Nut Job' to certain countries who have leaders who seem to be doing good but have an outside agenda of power and control of the masses. And people/squirrels like our main character in this movie get lost along they way. It's like they are too wise for their own good and know that the leader their fellow species follow isn't what he seems to be. So they are loners who need to think for themselves in order to survive. And in the end they are doomed to fail.

Of course our squirrel will have a happy ending becuse this is an animation movie made to appeal to the masses.

I liked this film much more than I thought I would. It has something that will stand the test of time. But who knows whether it will capture a giant audience for that to happen. Putting this film out in early January is a strange marketing plan. It's like the studios really didn't believe in it all that much and just wanted to make their money back. After all, there is no singing (a bit of cute animal dancing though) and the plot's moralities aren't that black and white. Let's hope it finds a new audience when it comes out on DVD and Demand.

ACTORPeter Lepeniotis
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ACTORMaya Rudolph
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