Mr. Movie

'Furry Vengeance' possibly this year's worst movie

Brendan Fraser is Dan Sanders. He’s moved his family from Chicago to nowhere Oregon to manage a housing development in a forest.

His evil boss has plans to basically pave the place. An organized group of animals led by a wily raccoon target Sanders. Skunks add their gentle fragrance to his car while he’s inside, a bird taps on his window all night to keep him from sleeping, wasps sting him and on it goes.

-- Local show times, theaters, trailer.

His construction crew, his boss, his beautiful wife (Brooke Shields) and sullen teenage son, think Sanders has lost a screw or two.

No doubt he has, but it’s because Fraser and the cast did a movie with a premise this boring. At least they seem bored. You can’t blame them. For Fraser, every crisis is met with the all-too-common bugged eyes and a dopey look. Falls, trips, stumbles and goo are met with a roll of the eyes and a shake of the head by his co-stars. Pity Fraser, who took a different career direction in last year’s excellent drama, Extraordinary Measures.

He is once again cast as a loon. Hey, it’s a paycheck, right?

Fifteen minutes into Furry Vengeance and the urge to get up and leave is irresistible. The badly done animatronic and animated animals, the inane save-the-planet dialogue and unfunny pratfalls will have your kids begging for something more fun to do. Really little ones won’t get it, and other venues give older kids environmental messages in much more creative and meaningful ways.

Critics criticize. Praise comes hard but sarcasm and punching holes in a plot is a cinch. It’s always more fun to rip a movie than praise one. Not this time. So few films are totally aimed at kids, and tearing this one to shreds is not pleasurable.

Mr. Movie rating: 1/2 star

Rated PG for some mature themes. It opens Friday, April 30 at the Carmike 12 and at the Fairchild Cinemas 12.

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 video.

2 stars to 1 star: Don't bother.

0 stars: Speaks for itself.