Rated: PG for mild action and rude humor. Reviewed by: Nina Release date: January 17, 2014 Released by: Open Road Films
I liked the Nut Job! It was a kooky, animal caper that was lots of fun to watch. These animators always amaze me with how they fit the voice of the actor with the type of animal they could be or it's just that they do such a good job that you believe it is that person!
I liked it because you believe it no matter how crazy it looks – can a squirrel REALLY lose control of a cart, ride it while it careens out of control and watch while it blows up and sets a giant oak on fire?
This movie was fun, believable and watch able, Surly the Squirrel, banished for being a bad actor and troublemaker takes his exile seriously and decides to rob a nut store to help furnish his fellow animal friends with food for the winter. He stumbles on a plot to rob the bank next door, finds the tunnel and foils the plan.
Will Arnett lends a great voice and has snappy comebacks for everything that happens. We also like Buddy, who doesn't say anything through the whole movie but helps us with his wonderful facial expressions. This duo, along with Andie, voiced by Katherine Heigl, pull off the caper using MacGyver gadgets and lots of luck! You even like the pug, Precious, who turns out to be playing both sides and ends up helping this band of friends.
All the animals, from Grayson the hero squirrel, to all the moles and the in-charge raccoon add to the importance of the message - team work and friends are what is important. If you stick together as a group, you can have all the cashews and peanuts you can eat!
The animation was great, with lots of adult references and even an Angry Bird nod with a henchman, sidekick bird at the end. It was enjoyable and fun and I might see it again and munch popcorn the whole time!