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Awesome: 11.29%
Worth A Look40.32%
Average: 3.23%
Pretty Bad: 33.87%
Total Crap: 11.29%

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Osmosis Jones
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by Greg Muskewitz

"Immunity challenge."
1 stars

At the end of “Osmosis Jones” wherein the animated ex-mayor of “Frank” pushes the button to make the live-action Frank (Bill Murray) fart — “Out with the old, in with the new” — I should have flushed myself out of the theater a long time before it had concluded. Needless to say, I was not infected, lest not in a positively contagious manner.

What could have easily been a clever, ingenious comedy which mixes the external life of a person or persons, as well as showing the internal workings of the body, is short of slaking any creative payoffs. The connotation for the PG rating “Osmosis Jones” has received — for bodily humor — cannot prepare you for the trituration of bowel “jokes” the Farrelly Brothers have assembled, along with the nastier side of the body’s flaws of acne, digestion, fungi, etc. Gross-out is a brand the Farrellys are generally categorized in, but this cartoon kids’ fare is a far stretch from their yucky, though sometimes funny forte. But since their peak with “There’s Something About Mary,” and their growing accordance to that form (from just plain juvenile with “Dumb & Dumber,” to grossly puerile hilarity in “Kingpin”), the peak has seemed to come to a halting stop, and the descending arch has successively brought a glut of movies that are unsuccessfully bad imitations. The Farrellys are obviously in a slump, in a recidivation, not so much in the sense that they are returning to former behaviors (which in their case is habitual), but that it is a backsliding, and a far more serious case surpassing their early mistakes with “Dumb & Dumber,” or even their biggest flub hitherto, “Me, Myself & Irene.” Even by association, their name does little to cause stir (“Outside Providence,” “Say It Isn’t So” — of which the then first-time director now has his second effort out with this week’s “American Pie 2”). With “Osmosis Jones,” the older teen and adult audience is being eliminated. The animation, directed by Piet Kroon and Tom Sito is crude; it’s drawn unrefined and rough in a thrown-together and basic form. The humor, too, is crude, but with a different denotation, one of base and coarse conventions. And when it’s mellow, it’s lame. (Corny jeu d’esprits like “Holy spit” or “Son of a flagellate.”) When switched over to the live-action, it’s filmed on an ugly, diffused and sallow stock; it reinforces the stale crevice from which this has crawled out of. The movie itself is hardly a loss or disappointment on my behalf, but the fact that its idea is given so little creative juice and outlet for a concept that warrants it, is the true crime. The vocal talent, some of who are pretty good in live roles, are not utilized as voices only. Certain casting at least calls for some good choices, such as David Hyde Pierce as the antibiotic pill, or Lawrence Fishburne as the deadly virus. But why Chris Rock or Brandy? Rock’s voice is annoying enough in human form, and it isn’t bestrewed in the slightest by amending it to a cartoon character. My complaint with Brandy is more from the lack of any excitement, emotion or feeling in her voice. If she sings the same way she voices a cartoon character, it might not be any wonder she hasn’t released anything lately. The live-action players — Murray, Molly Shannon, Chris Elliott — are wasted, unfunny and unendurable. One can only feel sorry for Elena Franklin, who plays Murray’s concerned daughter, a) for having to be surrounded by all the grotesqueries associated with Murray and the movie, and b) the lack of attention she has received for her role. Had it not been for the one photo-still in which she was featured, there was not any other mention of this talented young actress throughout the press kit. Hopefully next time the gifted Franklin shows up somewhere, it will be a project worthy of her presence, which at least here was the only high spot.

With the voices of William Shatner, Ron Howard and Joel Silver.

Final Verdict: F.

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User Comments

11/10/10 clh2+mtm great...i love it...have to watch it for nursing in school 5 stars
7/21/08 Samantha Pruitt really creative, and pretty funny! Chris Rock was funny 4 stars
2/18/08 Pamela White gross out for kids 2 stars
9/02/05 ES Had its moments, though it should have been funnier, wait for it to be on TV 3 stars
6/20/05 Quigley whoever liked this movie is a brainwashed idiot. this film is GROSS as heck. not for kids!! 1 stars
12/07/04 Jason Kaul Wow it's bad. If it wasn't for a great song by De La Soul, this film would be a total wash. 2 stars
7/21/04 April Gupton boring 2 stars
1/08/04 Amber Peterson Awesome! 5 stars
12/15/03 Jon Lyrik An unfortunate bomb, a pretty clever piece. 4 stars
11/29/03 Samuel pretty funny! 3 stars
8/31/03 Kitty Kelso disgusting, but Murray did a great job!!! 5 stars
3/24/03 Jack Sommersby Underrated and wonderfully creative. 4 stars
12/06/02 Kelly Intelligent and fun - not for the cynical uppity art bastard 4 stars
11/10/02 Elizaveta Interesting concept...too bad it was executed with no imagination. None. 2 stars
9/02/02 movie guy GREAT 5 stars
6/19/02 Danielle Ophelia Why this was the one overlooked in such a truly abysmal summer, I'll never know. 4 stars
6/18/02 Roy Smith Not great, does Bill Murray even try anymore? 2 stars
3/31/02 Jeremy cool 5 stars
3/03/02 Jenny Tullwartz Farrellys' alimentary canal humor works better from the outside. 2 stars
1/28/02 Soaplando Really cool movie - I expected someting a bit nastier 4 stars
1/24/02 Shane Robert Myers!!!!!!!!!!!!!! This movie is original & Laurence Fishburne is the best animated villian!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! 4 stars
1/07/02 The Bomb 69 completely original, funny but should have been funnier 4 stars
12/12/01 Jimmy James meh, unfunny most of the time 2 stars
12/04/01 Andrew Carden Ben Stein Was Funny, but Otherwise The Movie Was Dumb and Mindless. 2 stars
9/01/01 Butterbean Of course it's disgusting! It's a movie about a human body! The jokes were lame tho 4 stars
8/31/01 spaceworm ONe for Health Class. Dads, tak the kids... 4 stars
8/24/01 Mr. Hat I'm probably the biggest Farrelly Bros. fan ever. Obviously, I really liked this movie. 4 stars
8/23/01 J I never been a Farelly fan but "frank"ly I think this is their best movie. 5 stars
8/19/01 Boomshanka "Let's make a cartoon about hygiene! Starring Bill Murray! That's what the world needs!" 2 stars
8/14/01 MJA Much wittier than I expected, sometimes downright clever. 4 stars
8/13/01 G. Storm Worth it to animation fans, but live-action is tired. 4 stars
8/12/01 Sweetie I loved it! Funny, and I luv David Hyde Pierce. 5 stars
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