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It is tough when the joke you tell is met with blank or confused stares from the audience. Though it may be a bit deflating to the ego, it is not the worst thing in the world. What would be harder is if the crowd never really understood you. Having seen my share of rolled eyes, I tend to be hyper-sensitive when someone is being treated like an outsider. Now granted if there is a legitimate concern where folks are not comfortable with an individual, I do not force the issue of acceptance. I recall a gathering where one person stood out for their inappropriate comments; it was making people uncomfortable. You could see every person who came in contact with the offender would make an excuse to get away as quickly as possible. There is, however, a flip side to this scenario and that is the person who gets shunned just because they are different. I take offense when someone rejects another person simply because they do not fit into what that person considers the norm. With the recent talk in the news due to the Oscar speech where the writer told viewers to embrace being different and with talk shows discussing it; I totally agree we all need to be exposed more often to things and people who are different from us. I would prefer having the option to see a situation through an extra set of eyes because I may find something more than what I saw on my own.    MISUNDERSTOOD and on his own the alien name Oh, voiced by Jim Parsons (Garden State, The Big Bang Theory-TV), found refuge on the planet Earth. What a surprise to travel all the way to another planet to find someone who understood him and that person was the young girl Gratuity “Tip” Tucci, voiced by Rihanna (Battleship, This is the End). This animated adventure was very colorful to watch; I enjoyed how Oh’s species changed color. The cast which also included Steve Martin (The Jerk, It’s Complicated) as Captain Smek and Jennifer Lopez (The Boy Next Door, Maid in Manhattan) as Lucy were well paired to their characters. I thought the animation was fine; in fact, I felt the creators had young children in mind because there seemed to always be something happening in the scenes. There was nothing out of the ordinary with this comedy and maybe that was the issue. The movie was cute but nothing special or different to me. I did not feel as invested as I have been with other animated films. Even with some clever writing I was never taken away with what was on screen, though young kids seemed to be enjoying themselves. I just did not get it.

 

2 1/2 stars

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About moviejoltz

From a long line of movie afficionados, one brother was the #1 renter of movies in the country with Blockbuster, I am following in the same traditions that came before me. To balance out the long hours seated in dark movie theaters, I also teach yoga and cycling. For the past 3 years, I have correctly picked the major Oscar winners... so join me as we explore the wonder of movies and search for that perfect 4 star movie.

Posted on March 30, 2015, in Fantasy/Sci-Fi and tagged , , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 8 Comments.

  1. A Guy Without Boxers

    I liked it!

  2. I have been looking forward to you reviewing this one as I was undecided as to whether or not to take my kids to the cinema to see it over Spring break. They have seen the trailers and not a single one of them (they are aged 5, 7, 9 and 11) has asked to see it. Even though the trailer ought to showcase some of the best elements of the film, it has clearly failed to do its promotional job with its target audience if my boys are anything to go by. So I think, on the basis of that plus your review, we will save our money and wait until a better kid friendly movie arrives on the big screen.

  3. Mr. Joltz (as I like to call you) – I read every one of your reviews and always enjoy them. Sometimes I forget to press like, as I haven’t seen the movie you’re reviewing; then I realize, I’m not “liking” the movie, but your review. Your back-stories as you introduce your reviews are so interesting, maybe you should turn them into a movie! Take care, Ruth

    • Hi Ruth, you are too kind and funny. Thanks for stopping by to leave your comments and kind words. I am touched that you find my site interesting and I am pleased to hear it. Parts of my life certainly have felt like I was living in a movie, so who knows?!?!

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