July 19, 2002
Michael J. Fox, Nathan Lane, Jonathan Lipnicki,
Geena Davis, Melanie Griffith, Hugh Laurie, James Woods, and
Jeff Franklin, Steve Waterman,
Rob Minkoff, Gail Lyon, and Jason Clark
Bruce Joel Rubin
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Stuart Little 2
By Ted Baehr
- Stuart Little 2 is a great little story. Better written than
the original, it is one of the best-written movies of the year. The audience
at the press screening started clapping a couple of minutes before the end.
Older teenagers said they loved it. Press junket attendees glowed with descriptions
of how good this story is.
What a joy it is to watch a movie that is well written, especially when its
full of loving family values.
The movie opens with Stuart and his brother George, played wonderfully by
Jonathan Lipnicki, going off to play in their first soccer game. Mrs. Little,
played by Geena Davis, is deeply concerned that one of the players will step
on Stuart. Mr. Little, played by Hugh Laurie, assures her that Stuart has
to grow up.
George is growing up, too. He finds it more interesting to spend time with
his friends than with his adopted mouse brother. Stuart feels rejected, but
Mr. Little gives Stuart a wonderful talk that every cloud has a silver lining
and that Stuart will find his own friend.
Later, as Stuart drives his little red roadster, a bird named Margalo falls
into the seat next to him. Pursuing Margalo is an evil falcon, the animal
crime lord of the city. They escape the falcon, and Stuart invites Margalo
to stay at the Little house.
Margalo is not the wounded bird that she appears to be, however. She is one
of Falcons henchwomen. She responds to Stuart and all the love in the
Little house, but Falcon forces her to steal Mrs. Littles diamond ring.
Stuart, not understanding who Margalo is, heads off to rescue her, with the
help of a reluctant Snowbell the cat. This is one of the most dramatic rescues
in movie history.
Stuart Little 2 is an incredible story. Every joke is on time and
on target. Character arcs are clear. The suspense is exciting. The ingenuity
is dramatic. It is the exact opposite of the hapless Men in Black 2,
where the timing seemed to be off for almost every joke.
Furthermore, the Little family is the type of family any child would want.
They are loving, wise, and full of concern and hope. Stuart convinces George
to lie to cover his journey to rescue Margalo, but the lying is rebuked and
love prevails in the attitude of the Little parents. Stealing is also rebuked,
and repentance is woven into the fabric of the movie.
Several prayers are offered in Stuart Little 2. One of them is dramatically
answered. The falcon is a worthwhile villain, but not too intense for younger
children in the imagination stage from three to seven. Snowbell, voiced by
Nathan Lane, is hilarious, although Snowbell makes a couple of scatological
statements, which are so few that they all appear in the commercial for the
Stuart Little 2 is a must-see movie for families. It is as good as
a family movie gets.
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