In a world filled with Mad Scientists and Evil Inventions, one talented evil scientist's hunch-backed lab assistant has big dreams of becoming a Mad Scientist himself and winning the annual Evil Science Fair. Only nothing goes as planned.
Featuring the voice talents of: John Cusack, John Cleese, Sean Hayes, Eddie Izzard, Steve Buscemi, Jennifer Coolidge and Jay Leno (to name just a few).
I had big hopes for this movie. I like John Cusack and usually enjoy his dry wit and humour. Haven't really found a John Cusack movie that I didn't like. Didn't understand mind you (thinking of War Inc), that's another story er review.
As a mom with small children, I found this movie to be disappointing. The first time I watched it, I didn't enjoy it at all, saw nothing humorous. The second time I watched it with my husband and I began to find it somewhat more amusing than at first. We didn't watch the ending, it was getting late. But I did find myself wanting to watch the rest of the film the next day.
What I find disturbing in this film; however, is not really the level of violence etc but the completely disrespectful way the characters talk to each other. Dr. Schadenfraude and his girlfriend Jaclyn have a stormy relationship and are continuously throwing out snide comments and barbs at one another. Their arguments escalate to hitting each other, which instead of actually hitting each other they hit their Igor instead. While I get that these two people are "evil" and obviously are not going to have a loving and respectful relationship, I couldn't in good conscious let my children watch that and let them think that that is how two people talk to each other and that hitting is a good way of resolving conflict.
As for violence, there are scenes of people getting blown up, references to being thrown into a recycler where your body gets chopped up and recycled, trying to kill each other, shoot outs, chase scenes etc.
There are a lot of little things like that throughout the film. The ending is good, poor Malaria's problems get resolved and the film has a good moral tone about how everyone has an evil bone in their body is just whether they choose to be evil or not.
So please stick with the ratings guideline. If your children are under 8 years old, I highly recommend that you do not let them watch this film. If your child is between 8 and 10 then I suggest that you prescreen this movie and then decide whether you are comfortable with them seeing it.
As always, only you can decide what you feel is appropriate for your child. I realize that each family is unique and has their own individual value system. What's right for one family may not be right for another.