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Story

They've tried Catzilla, a feline so ferocious it can't be euthanized. They've tried booby traps that Rube Goldberg would marvel at. They've even tried Caesar (hilariously played by Christopher Walken), a demented exterminator whose "Squeak Seeker 2000" mouse-cam will infiltrate even the cleverest rodent's secret lair. But the Smuntz brothers Ernie (Nathan Lane) and Lars (British comedian Lee Evans) just can't win against the tenacious mouse that wreaks havoc in the vintage home they've inherited from their father. That's the one-note premise of this chaotic, lavishly produced comedy that starts on a high note and never lets up, eventually leaving the viewer exhausted. The special mouse effects (live-action, animatronic, and computer-generated) are delightful, and the slapstick is frequently ingenious, but the title says it all in a movie that is little more than an elaborate variation of Home Alone. A prime choice for family fun, but it's really just a live-action cartoon that overstays its welcome. It's harmless fun if all you're looking for is a marathon of slapstick gags and pratfalls, and it's notable as the final film appearance of veteran character actor William Hickey, who died in June of 1997, shortly after filming of Mouse Hunt was completed. --Jeff Shannon

DVD Features

  • Color
  • Closed-captioned
  • Widescreen
  • Dolby

Cast

Nathan LaneErnie Smuntz
Lee EvansLars Smuntz
Vicki LewisApril Smuntz
Maury ChaykinAlexander Falko
Eric ChristmasErnie and Lars' Lawyer
Michael JeterQuincy Thorpe
Debra ChristoffersonIngrid
Camilla SøebergHilde
Ian AbercrombieAuctioneer
Annabelle GurwitchRoxanne Atkins
Ernie SabellaMaury
William HickeyRudolph Smuntz
Christopher WalkenCaeser
Leslie UpsonLeslie Reinhart

  • Genre: Comedy Movies
  • Director: Gore Verbinski
  • Producer: DreamWorks
  • Length: 98 min
  • Aspect ratio: 1.85:1
  • Theatrical Release
    North AmericaDec 19, 1997
    EuropeApr 3, 1998
    JapanMar 7, 1998
    AustraliaJan 1, 1998
  • Ratings
    North AmericaPG
    EuropePG
    AustraliaPG
  • DVD Release
    North AmericaMar 4, 2003
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