Bee Movie (2007) (PG)

Animation 90 min. November 2, 2007
By Robert Wilonsky
After making a mint off a series about nothing, Jerry Seinfeld apparently decided that his first feature film ought to be about something — in the case of Bee Movie, the enslavement and torture of bees for the pleasure and profit of humans, which is, like, hilarious. Alas, there’s only so much you can do with talking bugs that hasn’t already been covered in A Bug’s Life, Antz, and The Ant Bully. For all the muscle and money behind Bee Movie, it still feels unfocused and unfinished. For a while, it’s cute family fun — a visually sumptuous and goofy hour during which Barry (Seinfeld) discovers he doesn’t want to be just another worker bee, flies the hive to Manhattan, and meets an adorable florist (Renee Zellweger). But rather suddenly, the bee-a-man plot disappears and Bee Movie turns into ... a courtroom thriller? Sadly so, as Barry finds himself in a courtroom prosecuting the likes of, yes, Sting. The funniest moments are the Seinfeld-worthy throwaway lines — a bit about women and toe rings (“It’s like putting a hat on your knee”), a gag about TiVo (“You mean you can just freeze live TV? That's insane”). And then there’s Chris Rock as a mosquito. Rock has but two scenes in the film, but he needed a hundred more. Give the man his own movie, please, if only because it’d be far better than this one.
Simon J. Smith, Steve Hickner Jerry Seinfeld, Renee Zellweger, Matthew Broderick, John Goodman, Chris Rock, Kathy Bates, Alan Arkin, Patrick Warburton Spike Feresten, Barry Marder, Andy Robin, Jerry Seinfeld Jerry Seinfeld, Christina Steinberg Paramount Pictures

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