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IN SHORT: Grade-Z Laurel & Hardy
I know I make every effort not to make comparisons with What Has Come Before, but the creators and stars of Mouse Hunt are living in deep denial if they think that anyone over the age of 15 or so won't make the connection to classic Laurel and Hardy movies. Stars Nathan Lane and Lee Evans look like Stan and Ollie, and their fight to rid an old mansion of a mouse is classic Laurel and Hardy-style tale.
If it walks like a duck . . .
Take two brothers who don't care much for each other, toss in a father whose dying wish is that his sons take over the family business, a string making factory, and run it together. Elder brother Ernie Smunts (Lane) doesn't care much either for younger brother Lars (Evans) or for the idea, as he runs a high falutin' restaurant and doesn't care to hang with the common folk. Dad's also left them a run down old house which, it turns out, could be worth oodles of money if they can get it fixed up just right. The sole inhabitant of the house, a teeny weeny l'il mousie, doesn't exactly want to leave of his own volition. So they try to make him leave.
From this point on its a lot of traps and a lot of wasted time and movie ticket money, unless you're parking the littlest of kidlets for the 97 minutes this flick runs. There is an animatronic cat that is so fake looking, no one but the most innocent can fall for the gimmick. Almost everything else has been done ad nauseam in repeats of old toons on the Cartoon Network.
Mouse Hunt is just plain painful.
On average, a first run movie ticket will run you Eight Bucks. Were Cranky able to set his own price to Mouse Hunt, he would have paid . . .
If you have 'em, rent it for the single digit kidlets.
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