Dave's Rating:

1.5

The tiniest amount of fun.

Who's In It: Jack Black, Amanda Peet, Emily Blunt, Jason Segel, Billy Connolly, Catherine Tate, Chris O'Dowd

The Basics: When a storm overtakes Gulliver's boat and washes him ashore Liliput, a land of tiny little people, he's not only a physical giant among them, he also creates a mythic godlike status for himself by manufacturing a personal history based on stolen movie plots. In their eyes he's combination of Han Solo, Leo in Titanic and Sam Worthington in Avatar. But an evil General conspires to eliminate Gulliver and sets in motion a series of events to expose his lies, events that somehow results in Gulliver battling a Transformer. If you're six years old it will all make perfect sense.

What's The Deal: As terrible kid's movies go, this one is just run-of-the-mill terrible, meaning that it does exactly what its target audience wants it to do and offers nothing in the way of entertainment to anyone else. The hero's journey, the generic and dated-by-2011 pop culture references, the blatant gag-stealing from movies like Shrek, the shoehorning of a giant fighting robot into the last act--none of it is for people old enough to read this review. It's a product for undemanding children to consume, one they'll forget pretty quickly after leaving the theater.

Jack Black, Executive Producer Of This Movie, Wants To Sing. Therefore, He's Going To Sing: Remember when he was in Tenacious D and he sang goofy songs and it was funny? Remember when he was in High Fidelity and he sang and it was funny? Well, your kids don't. So it's important that they learn about Jack Black's singing ability. And you needed reminding too. Doesn't matter that it's a bit just dropped into the back end of the movie for no good reason or that it's effectively a desperate running-time stretch, a lazy nonsense way to cap a lazy nonsense movie. It's the privilege of the executive producer to make these kinds of decisions.

Featuring The Wasted Talents Of: A lot of cool British comic actors like Catherine Tate, Chris O'Dowd and Billy Connolly. Emily Blunt plays Liliput's princess and she's got not much to do either; neither does Amanda Peet. And then there's the usually really funny Jason Segel, who tries his best to fake a Brit accent and comes off sounding worse than Kevin Costner in Robin Hood.

3D Or Not 3D: If you're obligated to take some children, find a theater where it's not screening in 3D. Nothing pops off the screen like you want. It's a ticket-inflating move. Save your cash.

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Comments (6)

Noel - 12-29-2010 8:51 AM
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took my kids to see it but i really didn't want to, surprisingly it was not as painful as i thought it would be. A little funny actually.

Dan - 1-01-2011 3:35 AM
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This movie was strictly a no brainer, but it was funny and it was pretty good on special effect as far as making things blend. I thought it was corny, and yet childishly fun in a adult sorta way. Yes don't pay the big bucks to see it in 3d, it nothing worth the extra $$$. But it will make a good rental and a weekend 2 hour babysitter or brain numbing get away for a bored adult who just wants to laugh and be numbed into entertainment, GREAT way to Blow a couple of hours. I would see it again but not 3d and not at the movies theater. Rent it on DVD SURE, go out to see it NO!. Mr. Black did a GREAT job at putting it together, and a believable job at the main character. NO REAL PLOT, just a lot of GOOFY FUN . But I think that was what he was t

DK - 1-01-2011 3:39 AM
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This movie was strictly a no brainer, but it was funny and it was pretty good on special effect as far as making things blend. I thought it was corny, and yet childishly fun in a adult sorta way. Yes don't pay the big bucks to see it in 3d, it nothing worth the extra $$$. But it will make a good rental and a weekend 2 hour babysitter or brain numbing get away for a bored adult who just wants to laugh and be numbed into entertainment, GREAT way to Blow a couple of hours. I would see it again but not 3d and not at the movies theater. Rent it on DVD SURE, go out to see it NO!. Mr. Black did a GREAT job at putting it together, and a believable job at the main character. NO REAL PLOT, just a lot of GOOFY FUN . But I think that was what he was af

Cline Clark - 1-02-2011 3:11 PM
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Just another in the half-century of self-destructive memes directed at the minds of both adults and innocent children to infect their minds with chaotic beliefs. In spite of popular boredom with "viral," unless detected and neutralized, viral mind infection remains and infuences beliefs and behavior from deeply held subconscious influences beyond conscious awareness and control. It opens the gateway to religious and government mind controlling propaganda.

Strngr1 - 1-02-2011 3:34 PM
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Thanks for this review and others' comments. But I wonder why they are so sucessful in marketing this movie, and my second-grader child insisted on seeing this movie, because of cable TV and Internet exposures.

Poop Stein - 1-30-2011 10:55 PM
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OMG! i went to see this not really looking forward too it but i was extremely pleasantly surprised! JACK BLACK is SOOOOOO hot! i would marry him faster than a cheetah on the Auto Bon!!! Jason Segal is extremely talented and Emily Blunt is gorgeous, and the fact that she is married to John Krasinski is sooooo cute. I love them together.... but anyway back to the movie, it was awesome! def give these talented actors you support.... they deserve it !

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