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Thank you for checking out my movie review archive. I'm in the process of transitioning to something else, so I will no longer post new reviews to this blog. In the meantime, I will keep these reviews archived; these are from the fall of 2008 to April 2011. Please watch this blog for more info and keep in touch (you can still find me on Facebook and Twitter). Here's to more great movies!

Wes Singleton

North Texas Film Critics Association

Sunday, July 26, 2009

G-Force - C+

Rated PG for some mild action and rude humor, 89 minutes

Energetic, harmlessly silly "G-Force" strictly for the kids

If there's ever a movie that parents could drop their kids off at the theater while do something useful, "G-Force" is your movie. Harmless, energetic and altogether silly stuff, the big-budgeted, Disney-produced "G-Force" is geared for and will be most enjoyed by those under 10 years of age. For every brilliant Pixar flick, there's forgettable dreck like this that Disney produces and calls entertainment. It won't hurt anyone, but then it certainly doesn't help the world of cinema, either.

"G-Force" is about a team of trained secret agent guinea pigs that takes on a mission for the U.S. government. A specially trained squad of guinea pigs led by human special agent Ben ("The Hangover's" Zach Galifianakis) is dispatched to stop a diabolical billionaire (played by Brit Bill Nighy in a take-the-money-and-run performance), who plans to taking over the world with household appliances. Darwin (Sam Rockwell), Hurley (Jon Favreau), Juarez (Penelope Cruz), Blaster (Tracy Morgan) and Spreckles (Nicolas Cage) risk life and limb to save the world from evil.

"G-Force" is an enjoyable piece of puffery, in spite of the big-budget, all-star cast and voice talent and respectable writing team that Disney has all assembled. It's really a lazy excuse to have a movie about some cute talking guinea pigs that have your kids wanting the things after they see the movie. Of the big name talent, the more memorable voices from Cruz, colorfully voicing the female guinea pig whose gets to wear a dress and lipstick. Cage is also decent, but the most peppy voice comes from Steve Buscemi in a brief role as a half-hamster/ferret who wants all the snacks (not to mention the cage) for himself. Will Arnett, as one of the human FBI Agents, is also good for a few fun moments, though it's unusual that he's not voicing one of the guinea pigs, given his distinctive voice.

If you think for one moment that "G-Force" will let the destruction of the world actually happen, think again. Everything to get to that predictable moment seems like padded schtick to entertain the young ones. A few fun moments here and there don't make a great movie and in spite of the game, splashy voice cast (and Tracy Morgan, you are delightfully funny, but please do not scream your lines) this one won't be remembered until the next big kids movie comes along. Parents, if you can find anything productive to do rather than seeing "G-Force," I'd recommend it.