Tuesday, March 18, 2008

Bee Movie

If you like yellow, this movie is for you. Bee Movie, the computer animated movie from DreamWorks Animation, has an All-Star cast that includes celebrated actors such as Jerry Seinfeld, Renee' Zellweger, Matthew Broderick, Megan Mullally, John Goodman, Chris Rock, Kathy Bates, Oprah Winfrey, Barry Levinson, Larry King, Ray Liotta, Sting, Rip Torn, Michael Richards, and John Di Maggio. Why they are celebrated is beyond my comprehension.

Anyway, in typical made-for-kids, but made for adults style, the movie is swimming in innuendo and other adult humor. And if you like 90 minutes of corny bee references, you'll love this movie. Why do you think Sting is in this movie?

Seinfeld stars as Barry B. Benson, who graduates with straight B's in school and is now ready to start working. However, he learns that he will be doing the same job for the rest of his life, which like any busy-bee would put you in a tail-spin. He decides to sneak out of the hive and bee on his own. He discovers a human and really likes her. She becomes his honey, even though he keeps bugging her. Unfortunately, he also finds out that humans are consuming honey and even use captive bees to grow the honey. Barry decides he is going to do something about it, but it becomes a real sticky situation.

The stinger of the drama is that a wrong move by Barry could bee-come catastrophic, not only to bees, but to life in general. A tenuous court hearing in which John Goodman tries to sweet talk Judge Oprah could spell doom for Barry. Will he be able to save the day? (It's a kids' movie, what do you think?)

I let my 8 year old daughter rate this movie. She gives it 4 stars. She said it was funny and when describing her favorite part she got the giggles and couldn't stop. She says it's definitely not the best cartoon she's seen, but it was still funny and she would like to own it. Wasn't that a bee-utiful review?

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