"Whether an adult or a kid, this film is pure entertainment."
Mousehunt is belly-laughing humour in the old-fashioned slapstick tradition of Laurel and Hardy. Starring one very talented mouse, the cast also includes Christopher Walken, Lee Evans, whose brilliant facial expressions make him a true modern-day Jerry Lewis (you may remember him co-starring with Lewis in Funny Bones), and Nathan Lane from The Birdcage.Lane and Evans are the Smuntz brothers, a couple of jerks who have just returned from their father's funeral to discover that they have inherited a dilapidated old string factory and a crumbling mansion in the country.
Initially disappointed by the worthlessness of these possessions they soon discover that the country house is in fact, built by a very famous architect and is now worth millions. Grand plans for restoring the house and making a mint are quickly put into place but the two men's plans are continually sabotaged by the true owner of the house: a teensy but very dangerous and territorial mouse.
War between the mouse and the brothers is declared and the battle is low and mean. The Smuntz brothers begin losing pitifully and they decide to bring in the big guns. In search of a cat, preferably "with a history of mental illness" they make a trip to the pound and walk away with a formidable beast called 'Catzilla'. But when Catzilla barely lasts a day the next step seems inevitable. The Smuntz's capture their furry enemy and deliver him postage paid to Fidel Castro! Even this fails.
Intent on running his own fascist regime right there in the house, the mouse returns with a vengeance.Whether an adult or a kid, this film is pure entertainment. Prepare yourself for over-the-top quality comedy performances as well as superbly crafted animation (the same visual effects team as Babe and Jurassic Park). All up Mousehunt is by far the best children's movie of the year. ---Melissa Bolliger