Surly is just a squirrel trying to get a nut in the new animated feature The Nut Job. I’m sorry, I couldn’t help the bad pun. What do you expect from me? I had the unfortunate opportunity to sit through a sub-standard, animated film release that will be one of the films to kick off the dreaded Dead Zone of movies. Surly (voiced by Will Arnett) is a lone squirrel trying to fill his belly with food for the winter while ignoring the needs of his fellow animal friends that live in the park. Surly decides to pull the ultimate heist, knocking over a nut shop in the big city. Hence the name, The Nut Job.
The Nut Job is exactly what you would expect from a kids film released in the middle of January; full of fart jokes that will make the little ones laugh as you roll your eyes and repeatedly check your watch. The Nut Job even followed the standard for mediocre kid flicks; using a song that was popular over a year ago. In this case, it’s Psy’s over played “Gangnam Style” with even a little animated Psy, to boot. It’s just as annoying as it sounds.
The Nut Job is nothing more than a rip off of Over the Hedge that will make the little ones giggle and you cringe. The Nut Job is the equivalent of the knock off kids movies that inhabit the Redbox that your kids will force you to painfully sit through.
Overall, I give the dirtiest titled kid’s movie of the year, The Nut Job, 1 out of 4 stars.
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