‘Nut Job’ not bad for Open Road’s first take

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“I wanna lick your face!” – Precious the Pug (voice by Maya Rudolph)

Open Road Films took its first stab at animated films with a story about an exiled squirrel with hopes of finding food for the winter in “The Nut Job.” Surly (voice by Will Arnett) and his trusty rat friend, Buddy (voice by Robert Tinkler) have to make a shaky deal with other park friends to steal nuts for the winter.  The park animal alliance is led by Raccoon (voice by Liam Neeson), Andie (voice by Katherine Heigl), and park hero, Grayson (voice by Brendan Fraser).

Minnie Riperton’s daughter, Maya Rudolph, is a breath of fresh air. She’s super cute, quirky and funny. And now proving her extreme versatility for she hit a home run as the adorable pet pug, Precious. Rudolph track record has been consistently humorous with movies like Bridesmaids (2011) and The Way, Way Back (2013).  After Saturday Night Live’s recent diversity dilemma, I was really sad to see her go, but she is clearly making a name for herself aside from the NBC show.

Maya Rudolph at 2012 Vanity Fair Oscar Party. (AP Photo/File)

Maya Rudolph at 2012 Vanity Fair Oscar Party. (AP Photo/File)

“The Nut Job” is inferior in comparison to Disney’s Frozen.  Walt Disney’s latest classic spent two non-consecutive weeks at the #1 spot in the box office and as of January 13th, the fairy tale racked in an estimated $317 million. While “The Nut Job” had a villain, a good guy, and a twist like “Frozen”, it lacked catchy tunes, glittery princesses, and a family feel.

The movie was average but a great opening mark for a new movie production company like Open Road.  Children will enjoy the cuddly talking animals, while parents will take pleasure in the minor adult-like humor.  But, what adults will quickly notice are the periodic moments of boredom, where the movie gets a little dry and you catch yourself dozing off. The Nut Job lacked the engaging excitement of “Frozen”.

The Nut Job

If you are anything like my family though, you can use “The Nut Job” for what it is worth; an opportunity to get the kids out of the house.  A warm movie theater, good company and overpriced food makes for a great Saturday outing.

On Saturday, January 11, 2014, the Movie Scene Queen hosted the Pittsburgh premiere of the Nut Job at AMC Waterfront 22.  Hundreds of children and their parents filled the  Homestead movie theater for the special screening.

“I thought the movie was a nice, funny family movie that taught the kids a great lesson about working together as a team,” says Denisehia Crawford, 25, who attended the Pittsburgh premiere with her two little ones.
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Children enjoying themseves at the Pittsburgh red carpet premiere on 'The Nut Job.'

Nyier and Kyan Crawford attended the Nut Job’s Pittsburgh premiere at AMC Waterfront on Saturday, January 11, 2014.

 

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Merecedes J. Howze, Movie Scene Queen

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