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Osmosis Jones

  • Comedy
  • Drama
  • 2001
  • Bobby Farrelly
  • 91 mins
  • PG

Summary

Part-animated educational comedy with a message for children about the consequences of poor hygiene, starring Bill Murray as the slovenly Frank, who gets ill when he eats an unwashed egg. Cue tour of his animated innards as hero white blood cell Osmosis Jones battles it out with the deadly virus Thrax, with help from Drix, the cold cure who arrives when Frank takes a pill.

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Review

A star rating of 3 out of 5.

Bobby and Peter Farrelly (There's Something about Mary) have finally come up with the best film of their lowbrow careers - an intriguing mix of live-action and inventive animation starring arch slob Bill Murray. He plays Frank, a sloppy zoo worker with bad eating habits who becomes infected with a killer cold virus (voiced by Laurence Fishburne) intent on murdering him within 48 hours. Here's where the audience gets to explore Murray's animated innards, "the city of Frank", and meet maverick police corpuscle Osmosis Jones (Chris Rock) and his cold-cure pal Drix (Frasier's David Hyde Pierce). The biological puns on bodily functions and fluids are amusing, though obviously aimed at the younger end of the audience, and yet there are some imaginative ideas - the stomach as an airport, with the colon as the launch pad; lawyers congregating inside a haemorrhoid; the Mafia relaxing in an armpit. Above all, credit should go to Marc Hyman's script and to animation directors Piet Kroon and Tom Sito, as rarely have body parts been so funny.

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Credits

Cast

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Frank DetorriBill Murray
Osmosis Jones, "Ozzy"Chris Rock
ThraxLaurence Fishburne
DrixDavid Hyde Pierce
LeahBrandy
Mayor PhlegmmingWilliam Shatner
Mrs BoydMolly Shannon
BobChris Elliott
Police chiefJoel Silver
Tom ColonicRon Howard

Crew

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DirectorBobby Farrelly
DirectorPeter Farrelly

Details

Theatrical distributor
Warner Bros
Released on
2001-11-02
Available on
video and DVD
Formats
Colour
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