By Phil Boatwright
The Movie Reporter
Stars: Adam Brody, Kristen Stewart, Meg Ryan,
Director: Jonathan Kasdan
Rating: PG-13 (for language)
A spiring writer Carter Webb has just been dumped by his true love, Sophia. Heartbroken and depressed, he escapes
I enjoyed being In the Land of Women. In it, people have real problems, including a woman facing breast cancer and an adulterous husband, an old woman facing death and plenty of teen angst. The characters realize that they must draw together in order to cope with said problems. Though the screenwriter found it necessary to make several of his characters a little too quirky, the direction is lively and there are nice performances by all, especially Meg Ryan.
Sadly, they are not a group that seeks spiritual fulfillment. Most of the objectionable language comes from women and girls. When people get mad or face fearful outcomes, even those made of sugar and spice, they often release those frustrations through language.
Video alternative: The Bishop’s Wife.
Meet The Robinsons
Voices: Angela Bassett, Jordan Fry, Tom Kenny, Harlan Williams, Adam West, Daniel Hansen, Tom Selleck
Director: Stephan J. Anderson
Lewis is an orphan, a creative 12-year-old inventor who dreams of finding a family. His journey takes an unexpected turn when a mysterious stranger named Wilbur Robinson whisks him away to a world where anything is possible — the future.
There, he meets an incredible assortment of characters and a family beyond his wildest imagination, the Robinsons, who help lead him on an amazing and hilarious adventure with heartfelt results. But while Lewis is experiencing the joy of family, he is also being pursued by the dastardly Bowler Hat Guy, a villain bent on possessing one of Lewis’s latest inventions – the Memory Scanner.
Full of energy and humor, with an exceptional voice cast and a clever, thoughtful script that is part adventure, part parable, Meet the Robinsons delivers one of the best family films you’ll see this year.
Meet the Robinsons is being shown in 3-D in some theaters. Do yourself – and especially your kids – a favor. Go see this one in 3-D. It may be the best 3-D animation this reviewer has ever seen. The detail is eye-filling.
The filmmakers seemed to have had a blast making this film and wanted to go the extra mile. They succeeded. Quite simply, Meet the Robinsons is a winner for the entire family.
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