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G-Force: Movie Review

Genre: Action, Adventure, Animation
Rated: PG
Directed by:
Hoyt Yeatman
Starring the voices of: Nicolas Cage, Sam Rockwell, Penélope Cruz

Released by: Disney Pictures

In Short: Only those who currently are seven years old and own guinea pigs or some other furry little rodent will find this flick even slightly amusing. All others, beware.
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Let the Guinea Pig Marketing Begin

Yes, you have seen the best moments of G-Force in the omnipresent television advertising bombarding impressionable kids; that quote is from three little mice, who are egging on one of the FBI’s super-spy guinea pigs that make up the title “force.”

If those three mice remind you of Babe, another movie about talking animals, the similarity ends right there. Babe is an absolutely wonderful movie with real emotional depth that appeals equally to both children and adults. G-Force, on the other hand, is an obvious marketing machine disguised as a movie, that only a not-too-discerning kid who actually has rodents as pets will find amusing.

A scene from Disney's G-Force Two characters in Disney's G-Force

The plot is simple, once the FBI scientist (played by Zack Galifianakis of The Hangover fame, obviously made before he shot to stardom in that top-grossing R-rated comedy ever) explains his invention that allows the world to hear the guinea pigs and other critters talk. It’s kind of like the dogs in Up, but not anywhere near as funny.

The scientist has trained the four rodents and their mole partner (voiced by Oscar winners Penelope Cruz and Nicolas Cage, among others) to be secret agents, able to infiltrate a villain’s home by going in via routes no human could navigate. Naturally, along the way of their adventure, they are threatened by mean dogs, mistaken for household pets, and finally learn the same moral that the Ice Age movies have been telling kids much more cleverly for years, that a “family” is not necessarily made up of blood relatives.

The real problem with G-Force is that it just isn’t very funny; and a movie about secret-agent rodents really needs to have a lot of laughs to keep our attention, no matter what our age. On the plus side, the movie is shot in 3-D, and there are some good moments that use that technology to make the audience jump. But they are too few and far between to make G-Force worth the price of admission for either adults or kids.

By Jenny Peters

(Updated: 07/23/09 KR)

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