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3.06

Awesome: 11.29%
Worth A Look40.32%
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Pretty Crappy: 33.87%
Sucks: 11.29%

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Osmosis Jones
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by Jason Whyte

"You're dealin' with a white blood cell here!"
2 stars

I kept getting a sinking feeling while watching "Osmosis Jones," a film that will neither appeal to younger kids, nor the adults that bring them blindly into this film that is unsuitable for them. The film has no middle ground, no appeal for any age group, which makes the film a curiosity like "Monkey Bone," where it just won't cut either way.

"Osmosis Jones" does fare a little better than "Monkeybone" in that there are some good laughs and sporadic creativity, but those laughs came from experience of knowledge, and the film seems to be geared towards kids. At the screening I attended, I could hear kids in the audience asking their parents, "What's a rectum?" or "What's a uvula?"

Frank (Bill Murray) is a shiftless layabout who has lost his job at a pea soup factory and now works with his brother (Chris Elliot) at the zoo. Frank has a daughter who wants nothing more than her dad to be more active. But with every lazy day and every piece of bad food he eats, his immune system gets worse and worse. Inside, his body is an entire society from head to toe. Using animation, we are told the other story of Osmosis Jones (voice of Chris Rock) a germ cop who gets the job of stopping an evil virus from killing Frank. With the assistance of cold pill Dexadrim (voice of David Hyde Pierce), their journey leads all over the body of Frank from his pores in his nose to the fungus on his feet.

There is an interesting aspect to the film -- the use of animation to turn the human body into a vast metropolis (the sight gags are a mile a minute)-- but the film doesn't take that and work on it; instead it comes off as having the look of a tired 1960's Walt Disney feature, intercut with sporadic live action sequences directed by Peter and Bobby Farelly. Those looking for the pizazz or spunk of "Kingpin" or "There's Something About Mary", look elsewhere. There's about 15 minutes of actual live action with about 75 minutes animation here. What's worse, is the live action is non-stop sick taste with no real charm. Two stand out; one sequence involve Frank eating a polluted oyster and vomiting on Molly Shannon, the other a rather nasty pimple with a disastarous payoff. Neither sequence is really interesting, with both payoffs occuring off screen.

Since the story really isn't about Frank, Bill Murray doesn't really get a chance to exude his full comic potential and comes off as nothing more than a supporting character. It's Chris Rock, as animated Osmosis Jones, who is the star here. Rock has a great voice and uses it to his full potential, with some good laughs. William Shatner, Laurence Fishburne and David Hyde Pierce also lend welcome voice contributions.

"Osmosis Jones" does not have the strength to withstand the summer film season, full already of low-brow humour (it opens the same day as fellow-sicko "American Pie 2"). I kept wondering if this film is intended for kids, who I think will not appreciate it, or adults, who will find this too juvenile. This leaves teenagers, who would no doubt rather see Jason Biggs with crazy glue than Bill Murray with an exploding whitehead.

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User Comments

11/09/10 clh2+mtm great...i love it...have to watch it for nursing in school 5 stars
7/20/08 Samantha Pruitt really creative, and pretty funny! Chris Rock was funny 4 stars
2/17/08 Pamela White gross out for kids 2 stars
9/01/05 ES Had its moments, though it should have been funnier, wait for it to be on TV 3 stars
6/20/05 Quigley whoever liked this movie is a brainwashed idiot. this film is GROSS as heck. not for kids!! 1 stars
12/06/04 Jason Kaul Wow it's bad. If it wasn't for a great song by De La Soul, this film would be a total wash. 2 stars
7/20/04 April Gupton boring 2 stars
1/07/04 Amber Peterson Awesome! 5 stars
12/14/03 Jon Lyrik An unfortunate bomb, a pretty clever piece. 4 stars
11/28/03 Samuel pretty funny! 3 stars
8/30/03 Kitty Kelso disgusting, but Murray did a great job!!! 5 stars
3/23/03 Jack Sommersby Underrated and wonderfully creative. 4 stars
12/05/02 Kelly Intelligent and fun - not for the cynical uppity art bastard 4 stars
11/10/02 Elizaveta Interesting concept...too bad it was executed with no imagination. None. 2 stars
9/01/02 movie guy GREAT 5 stars
6/18/02 Danielle Ophelia Why this was the one overlooked in such a truly abysmal summer, I'll never know. 4 stars
6/18/02 Roy Smith Not great, does Bill Murray even try anymore? 2 stars
3/30/02 Jeremy cool 5 stars
3/03/02 Jenny Tullwartz Farrellys' alimentary canal humor works better from the outside. 2 stars
1/27/02 Soaplando Really cool movie - I expected someting a bit nastier 4 stars
1/24/02 Shane Robert Myers!!!!!!!!!!!!!! This movie is original & Laurence Fishburne is the best animated villian!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! 4 stars
1/07/02 The Bomb 69 completely original, funny but should have been funnier 4 stars
12/12/01 Jimmy James meh, unfunny most of the time 2 stars
12/03/01 Andrew Carden Ben Stein Was Funny, but Otherwise The Movie Was Dumb and Mindless. 2 stars
8/31/01 Butterbean Of course it's disgusting! It's a movie about a human body! The jokes were lame tho 4 stars
8/31/01 spaceworm ONe for Health Class. Dads, tak the kids... 4 stars
8/23/01 Mr. Hat I'm probably the biggest Farrelly Bros. fan ever. Obviously, I really liked this movie. 4 stars
8/22/01 J I never been a Farelly fan but "frank"ly I think this is their best movie. 5 stars
8/18/01 Boomshanka "Let's make a cartoon about hygiene! Starring Bill Murray! That's what the world needs!" 2 stars
8/13/01 MJA Much wittier than I expected, sometimes downright clever. 4 stars
8/12/01 G. Storm Worth it to animation fans, but live-action is tired. 4 stars
8/11/01 Sweetie I loved it! Funny, and I luv David Hyde Pierce. 5 stars
IF YOU'VE SEEN THIS FILM, RATE IT!
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  10-Aug-2001 (PG)

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Australia
  01-Aug-2002




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