"THE NUT JOB"
(2014) (voices of Will Arnett, Katherine Heigl) (PG)
- QUICK TAKE:
- Animated Comedy: A self-serving squirrel and other animals travel into the city in hopes of stealing nuts from a local store, unaware that it's serving as the front for mobsters desirous of robbing the bank across the street.
- Having his assistant, Mole (voice of JEFF DUNHAM), check their supplies inside the trunk of a huge oak tree in Liberty Park, animal leader Raccoon (voice of LIAM NEESON) has determined that they don't have enough food to get through the winter. Accordingly, he orders two squirrels, rule follower Andie (voice of KATHERINE HEIGL) and the vain and heroic Grayson (voice of BRENDAN FRASER), to raid a human vendor's nut cart along the park's edge. But he also warns them to be wary of fellow squirrel Surly (voice of WILL ARNETT) who he states is only looking out for himself and doesn't have their best interests in mind.
Indeed, Surly and his non-speaking and somewhat dimwitted friend, Buddy (voice of ROBERT TINKLER), have already set their sights on the nut cart. But when an overeager pug, Precious (voice of MAYA RUDOLPH), only adds to the mix of confusion when Andie and Grayson also appear on the scene, things quickly escalate out of control. As a result, the grand oak tree repository is destroyed, Raccoon banishes Surly from the park forever, and the bitter squirrel heads into the somewhat scary big city.
There, however, he and Buddy accidentally discover a nut shop and believe they've found enough food for a lifetime. What they don't know is that a recently released mobster named King (voice of STEPHEN LANG) is using the shop as a front so that he and his small band of criminals, including Fingers (voice of JAMES RANKIN) who owns Precious, can secretly dig a tunnel under the street and over to the bank they intend to rob. Not only must Surly contend with them and their "guard dog," but also Raccoon who's learned of the shop and sent Andie, Grayson and groundhogs Jimmy (GABRIEL IGLESIAS) and Johnny (JOE PINGUE) to break into the place and get them food.
- WILL KIDS WANT TO SEE IT?
- Younger ones probably will considering it's an animated comedy featuring talking animals.
- WHY THE MPAA RATED IT: PG
- For mild action and rude humor.
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