Osmosis Jones

Osmosis Jones

Bobby Farrelly (2001)

91min
PG Certificate
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Review

Our Score
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.

Summary

A slobbish zookeeper develops a strange illness after eating a contaminated oyster. Inside his body, a white blood-cell maverick cop joins forces with a by-the-book flu capsule to halt the viral invaders. Live action and animated comedy, starring Bill Murray, Molly Shannon and Chris Elliott, with the voices of Chris Rock, David Hyde Pierce, Laurence Fishburne and William Shatner.

Cast & Crew

Frank Detorri Bill Murray
Osmosis Jones, "Ozzy" Chris Rock
Thrax Laurence Fishburne
Drix David Hyde Pierce
Leah Brandy
Mayor Phlegmming William Shatner
Mrs Boyd Molly Shannon
Bob Chris Elliott
Police chief Joel Silver
Tom Colonic Ron Howard
Director Bobby Farrelly
Director Peter Farrelly
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Other Information

Language: EnglishColourTheatrical distributor: Warner BrosAvailable on: video and DVDReleased on: 2 Nov 2001
Comedy Drama