Even after all of the insufferable promotion on NBC and NBC-owned
properties (I was hoping for the chef-testants on Top
Chef to capture that little
animated bunny hopping across the screen and make a delicious stew),
I'm still trying to think positive thoughts about Hop.
James Marsden stars as Fred O'Hare - an unemployed dude in LA who isn't
sure what he wants to do with his life. While under a great deal of
pressure from his father to get to work and move out of the family
abode, no job interview ever pans out. To get out of the house and live
large for a little while, Fred agrees to housesit the boss's place for
his sister, Sam (Kaley Cuoco).
Of course, while there, Frank runs into E.B. (voice by Russell Brand) -
the teen future Easter Bunny who has run away from home on the eve of
his coronation to find fame and fortune as a drummer. He's quite the
handful, but the two find a kinship that might help both deal with
their fathers and growing up.
Will E.B. find his lucky break and make it big?
Will Frank be able to find a job and prove he's not some slacker?
comfortably fits into the category of movies that are entertaining
enough, provide some decent laughs and don't leave you feeling like you
got ripped off when you bought the ticket. Sure, that sounds like faint
praise, but it was a relief to experience Hop
after Sucker Punch
and Red Riding Hood.
I guess it's all relative.
Director Tim Hill and the three person writing team present plenty of
entertainment for kids, but don't forget the adults. Yes, we have some
silliness, goofiness, and slapstick comedy for the kids, but it's fun
for everyone. Hill and the gang create a fantastical world for the
Easter Bunny on Easter Island (GET IT!), complete with a Willy
Wonka-ish factory where all of the Easter goodies are prepared. It
might not have the cachet of the North Pole, but the Easter Bunny has
settled into a comfortable position as #2 to Santa's #1, and all ages
will have something to laugh at.
However, watch out for some late developments in this movie that aren't
all that little kid friendly. The big climax puts most of our
characters in great peril, which could be too intense for the smallest
ones. Also, we get a Fatal
Attraction joke, if you are
following my meaning (you know, THE classic Fatal
Plus, am I the only one who thinks Marsden is too old for this role?
Don't get me wrong. Marsden is working it as he embraces the silliest
of moments and makes us laugh. He's a professional and uses his talent
to make the movie better. I just feel like he's the wrong guy to
portray Frank. E.B. is supposed to be a teen. Frank feels like he
should be in his twenties, but Marsden is almost forty. It feels out of
place, and only works because he's a good actor.
has some of the predictable twists and turns as well as proselytizing
themes about fathers and sons, but it's heartwarming at the right
moments. Even Brand shows some charm that will make you forget about
all of his more risqué material and that (apparently) god
awful remake of Arthur
that is advertised in every commercial not occupied by Hop.
is rated PG for some mild rude humor.