The Nut Job: It's truly nutty fun

Gary Wolcott, atomictown.comJanuary 17, 2014 

Film Review The Nut Job

This image released by Open Road Films shows Buddy, voiced by Robert Tinkler, in a scene from "The Nut Job." (AP Photo/Open Road Films)

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Squirrels are fun. I testify from personal experience. A bunch of them hang around my yard. The main character squirrel in The Nut Job is a rogue living in a park. The other animals band together to feed each other. When the food runs out, the group's leader, the raccoon, sends a couple of squirrels to raid a nut and popcorn cart sitting across from a bank.

Surley -- the rogue squirrel -- has the same cart in his sites. It's a rush to see who gets there first. A major mishap at the heist leads to more misadventures involving animals robbing robbers who are robbing a bank.

What The Nut Job doesn't do is rob you of your precious time.

Loaded with squirrelly humor, this Korean-produced ditty packs a clever plot and delightful dialogue. It also features some terrific talent: Will Arnett, Brendan Fraser, Katherine Heigl, Liam Neeson, Maya Rudolph and a special appearance from PSY.

The Nut Job is a charming throwback reminiscent in style and character development to the great Warner Brothers cartoons of the 1940s, '50s and early '60s. Kids will love it. Adults will love it. Do stay for the wonderful outtakes at the end.

Director: Peter Lepeniotis

Stars: Will Arnett, Katherine Heigl, Liam Neeson, Brendan Fraser, Maya Rudolph, PSY

Mr. Movie rating: 4 1/2 stars

Rated PG for a few mature themes. It's playing at the Carmike 12, the Fairchild Cinemas 12 and at Walla Walla Grand Cinemas.

5 stars to 4 1/2 stars: Must see on the big screen

4 stars to 3 1/2 stars: Good film, see it if it's your type of movie.

3 stars to 2 1/2 stars: Wait until it comes out on DVD.

2 stars to 1 star: Don't bother.

0 stars: Speaks for itself.

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