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Overall Rating

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

5 reviews, 32 user ratings

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Osmosis Jones
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by EricDSnider

"What DOES go on inside Bill Murray's head?"
4 stars

The City of Frank is a bustling metropolis with ghettos, criminals, a hard-working police department and a fat-cat political system. It is just like any other major city, except that it is located within Bill Murray's body.

In "Osmosis Jones," Bill Murray plays Frank, a 40-year-old man who is blithely ignorant of health or dietary concerns, and who is unaware that within himself -- indeed, within every person -- exists a complicated, multi-faceted world of cells, muscles and tissue, all trying to eke out their own existence while contributing to the betterment of the whole.

Directed by gross-out kings Peter and Bobby Farrelly ("There's Something About Mary," "Dumb and Dumber"), "Osmosis Jones" takes place both in Frank's world and inside his body, the latter locale provided by amusing and colorful animation.

Chris Rock is the voice of Osmosis Jones, a loose-cannon white blood cell who works for the Frank Police Department. A couple years ago, he made a hasty decision to expel some bad oysters from Frank's stomach, causing Frank to vomit on his daughter's schoolteacher and resulting in much embarrassment for Frank as a whole.

As a result, Osmosis was busted down to more menial duties: patroling the mouth for tartar, looking for germs, that kind of thing. But when a seemingly unimportant sore throat turns out to have been caused by a deadly virus (voice of Laurence Fishburne), it's up to Osmosis and his do-gooder cold capsule partner Drixenol (David Hyde Pierce) to save the day -- indeed, to save all of Frank.

The idea of a man's insides being a city is a wonderfully entertaining one, with opportunities for so many jokes. We're told that the Love Handles district is "the fastest-growing community in Frank," and the mayor (William Shatner) is thrilled to announce they're about to begin construction on a third chin. The Mafia hangs out in the armpits, because that's what most closely resembles a sauna. To find a good lawyer, head down to the hemorrhoids. In the brain, Frank's "guilt" censor is a cell dressed in priest garb and holding a Bible. In the labyrinthine, unsettling Subconscious, we see dreams -- projected on movie screens, of course -- with titles like "He Didn't Study for the Exam!" and "Girls from the Bus Stop."

It's such an amusing concept, in fact, that the movie should be funnier. While the animated parts are inventive and sly (there's a truly wonderful "Titanic" reference, balancing out the now-obligatory and unfunny "Matrix" one), the live-action stuff squanders the considerable talents of Bill Murray and the lesser-but-still-noteworthy talents of Molly Shannon and Chris Elliott. Frank is Unhealthy, his daughter (Elena Franklin) is Concerned. They have no other attributes, making for a very thin, broad story frame.

Fortunately, the guts (pardon me) of the story -- i.e., everything animated -- outweigh the paltry live-action offerings. Parents may not want their kids revelling in such body-oriented humor, but at least the myriad sexual jokes that were possible have been omitted. For grown-ups, it's not a classic -- I suspect a second viewing would yield few laughs -- it's good while it lasts.

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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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