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Over the Hedge

  • Comedy
  • Drama
  • 2006
  • Tim Johnson
  • 79 mins
  • U

Summary

A raccoon trickster is fretting about his debt to a fearsome bear when he stumbles on some animals waking in the woods after their winter nap. Spotting the chance to solve his problem, the raccoon dupes the gullible creatures into stealing food from a nearby suburb so he can give it to the bear - but they fail to realise they will soon be at the mercy of a vermin exterminator. Animated comedy, with the voices of Bruce Willis, Steve Carell, Garry Shandling and William Shatner.

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Review

Rating: 3 out of 5.

This computer-animated adventure seduces you with cute critters, clever dialogue and fast-paced derring-do before predictably imparting a lesson in family values. It's still fun, though, with Bruce Willis leading a stellar voice cast as rascally raccoon RJ. He cons a gullible tribe of animals into gathering food to pay off a debt, but nuts and berries are out in favour of the cookies and crisps that can be found on a housing development that encroaches on their woodland home. There's an underlying point about consumerism vs conservation, but sadly it just isn't as compelling as watching a turtle (voiced by the wonderfully laconic Garry Shandling) mooning a couple of squeamish schoolgirls. The funniest and most endearing of the bunch is Steve Carell as the obligatory hyperactive sidekick, Hammy the squirrel. This won't change the world, but at least it's fertile ground for laughs.

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Credits

Cast

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RJBruce Willis
VerneGarry Shandling
HammySteve Carell
StellaWanda Sykes
OzzieWilliam Shatner
VincentNick Nolte
DwayneThomas Haden Church
GladysAllison Janney
LouEugene Levy
HeatherAvril Lavigne

Crew

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DirectorTim Johnson
DirectorKarey Kirkpatrick

Details

Theatrical distributor
UIP
Released on
2006-06-30
Language
English
Available on
DVD
Formats
Colour
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