The Animal


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  • Summary: Small, wimpy Marvin (Schneider) doesn't have what it takes to fulfill his lifelong dream to be a cop. But his luck changes when he's critically injured in a car accident, and a deranged scientist secretly uses animal organs to rebuild him. (Revolution Studios)
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  1. Positive: 5 out of 22
  2. Negative: 4 out of 22
  1. An outrageous and imaginative summer comedy.
  2. Genial rather than an affront to good taste. It's also pretty darn funny.
  3. 63
    Schneider, with his cherub curls and scrawny physique, adopts a pussycat persona that engenders goodwill.
  4. A film you can dump your kids off at the mall to see in order to get peace and quiet for an hour and a half.
  5. 40
    The movie's selling point is Schneider acting goofy, chewing on worms, making goo-goo eyes at a she-goat and licking his private parts.
  6. 40
    The Animal is tailor-made for last-resort Friday-night rentals.
  7. 10
    Reeks like something produced from a squatting position.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 7 out of 14
  2. Negative: 4 out of 14
  1. MichaelC.
    Sep 14, 2001
    What is the recipe for a great Rob Schneider comedy? Well, according to The Animal?s director, it?s a bunch of obvious jokes, a predictable What is the recipe for a great Rob Schneider comedy? Well, according to The Animal?s director, it?s a bunch of obvious jokes, a predictable ending, a sexy lady and a dorky hero who manages to be loveable and appeal to the hot lady for no reason at all. This director does not really understand a recipe for a great Rob Schneider comedy. This movie is simply a replay of all the bad ?dumb-fun? comedies from the past few years with a few more lame jokes added in and a terrible ending. Disappointingly, seeing Schneider jump around like a monkey, swim like a dolphin and leap like a leopard didn?t interest me, despite all the similes it can produce. Although The Animal?s premise does sound quite intriguing, it does not work with Rob Schneider and all the unfunny gags. As a smart, sophisticated comedy with worthy actors and a lot more clever quotes and comic scenes, this would?ve worked. Unfortunately, the chemistry sucks, the actors suck, the story sucks and the longevity factor sucks. This is just one big sucky movie that I can?t recommend even for teenagers and people who don?t look for quality in a film and just want brainless entertainment, you might like it. As any of the above, The Animal just really didn?t do it for me. Sorry, Adam, even your ?surprise? cameo can?t ?do it.? Expand
  2. Nov 7, 2012
    It doesn't have the feel of a feature film. It's boring, unfunny, stretched out cheese.

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