When a team of talking rodent secret agents are threatened to have their FBI funding cut, who will save the world from evil home appliances gone mad? A more important question might be, who cares?
Rhianwen Benner: An unnecessarily complicated kiddie flick can't be saved by farting guinea pigs.
When a team of talking rodent secret agents are threatened to have their FBI funding cut, who will save the world from evil home appliances gone mad? A more important question might be, who cares? You're just paying to see a bunch of talking guinea pigs blow stuff up.
WHY YOU'LL LOVE IT
There are some good lessons for the little ones about the importance of team work, and an evil character is redeemed when he has a change of heart and helps fix the problems he's caused. Children will have a ball watching little critters use wacky gadgets and act like action heroes, because hey, that's fun.
But aside from the entertaining CGI vermin, the rest of the film is a mixed bag. While your younger kids might crack up at the relentless potty humor, you'll be yawning at stiff attempts at relevancy for older audiences. (Guinea pigs break dancing and using Facebook? Cute, but try a little harder, folks.) And while the film took great pains to create a dangerous situation for our heroes, you're still not all that invested.
WHY YOU'LL HATE IT
Considering the movie is aiming for the post-toddler set, did they really have to complicate the plot with FBI funding, corporate corruption, and complex technology that turns against unsuspecting consumers?
You'll want to note that there are a few violent and intense moments that may frighten some children -- especially the little ones -- including one in which a main character is crushed in a garbage truck and presumed dead, and an intense car chase resulting in a big crash. And really, do your kids need more encouragement to make fart jokes?
On the sex front, there's not a whole lot to worry about, save for Juarez -- the female guinea pig, naturally -- whose hotness is discussed by the male characters and flirts to get what she wants. But it's pretty harmless, as guinea pig objectification goes.
THE BOTTOM LINE
Despite a talented cast including Nicolas Cage, Penelope Cruz, Will Arnett, and sudden comedy superstar Zach Galifianakis, you probably aren't going to enjoy this one very much. But if you don't mind potty humor, "G-Force" is an amusing but forgettable diversion for younger kids.
|Though technically an adult, Rhianwen Benner voraciously consumes children's media with the passion and wonder of a child. As a researcher at Temple University, she has studied the relationship between media and children's development. She has witnessed many special moms and kids navigate the often complex world of children's entertainment. Based in Los Angeles, she is here to serve as your field guide to what kids watch.|