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Ant Bully

Starring Nicolas Cage, Meryl Streep, Ricardo Montalban, Julia Roberts, Paul Giamatti
Screenplay by John A. Davis
Based on the book by John Nickle
Directed by John A. Davis

IN SHORT: Best family 'toon of the year (so far). [Rated . 88 minutes]

father Fred Nickle (Larry Miller) and mother Doreen Nickle (Cheri Oteri) are going to Puerto Vallarta for the weekend -- an anniversary without the kidlets celebration. That leaves ten year old son Lucas Nickle (Zach Tyler) alone with his annoying sister Tiffany Nickle (Allison Mack), watched over by their Mommo (Lily Tomlin), who is obsessed with protecting her loved ones from an imminent invasion by space aliens. T'ain't the little green men that granma Mommo whould be worried about. It's the tiny six legged, insectoid ant kind! To them, "Lucas the Destroyer" is a threat that must be dealt with. Once and For All.

ant Wizard Zoc (Nicolas Cage) creates the potion that, with one drop in the sleeping boys ear, shrinks the Destroyer down to a manageable size. One quick kangaroo court later, the Head of the Ant Council (Ricardo Montalban) pronounces the shrunken boy guilty of crimes against ant-manity but the wise and kindly Queen Ant (Meryl Streep) rules that Lucas must first live like an ant; must learn and understand the ways of the ant and thus, perhaps, redeem himself lest the Ultimate Sentence can be pronounced. Zoc's girlfriend Hova (Julia Roberts) volunteers to teach the boy with Forager ant Kreela (Regina King) and Scout ant -- meaning more muscles than brains -- Fugax (Bruce Campbell) as her right and other right whatever the ant equivalent of hand is.

On average, a first run movie ticket will run you Ten Bucks. Were Cranky able to set his own price to The Ant Bully , he would have paid . . .


Again, best 'toon of the year so far.

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