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Movie Reviews: Mr. Peabody & Sherman And Better Living Through Chemistry

A dog adopts a human and Rockwell is always sexy

Jerry Williams | March 18, 2014

Mr. Peabody & Sherman 

Director: Rob Minkoff
Writers: Jay Ward (based on the series produced by), Craig Wright (screenplay), 3 more credits »
Stars: Ty Burrell, Max Charles, Stephen Colbert

If you watched the Rocky & Bullwinkle show, you’ll remember this duo. If not, Mr. Peabody is a genius inventor, who’s also a dog and Sherman is his human son. They travel thru time in the WABAC machine, but things go awry when Sherman takes a trip on his own. This spunky animated adventure keeps a zippy pace and relies on fun with puns for most of the laffs. Visually, it’s colorful, but none of the characters are especially clever or wacky. While there’s a spirited energy and humor that appeals on an intellectual level, nothing about the film is outstanding.

 

GAY ANGLE: A dog adopting a boy could be construed into a statement about gay parenting.

 

Better Living Through Chemistry

Directors: Geoff Moore, David Posamentier
Writers: Geoff Moore, David Posamentier
Stars: Olivia Wilde, Michelle Monaghan, Ray Liotta

Sam Rockwell plays an unassuming pharmacist whose bleak marriage and unhappy life is disrupted by a sexy customer (Olivia Wilde). It starts with sex, but her love of the mood-altering effects of pills soon changes his life. When a plot is this predictable, it’s vital that something about the characters, the performances or the way it’s made makes it stand out. Rockwell and Wilde manage to make a good case, but the lackluster direction and unoriginal script keep it in the mediocre range. (At Criterion Cinema only)

 

GAY ANGLE: Rockwell has always been sexy in a non-hunk way and he flashes a bit of flesh.