In OSMOSIS JONES, the Farrelly brothers, co-directors Bobby and Peter, turn
their outlandish and frequently disgusting brand of adult humor (ME, MYSELF
& IRENE) to the world of kids' movies. The result is a film that is just as
repulsive and awful as its vile trailers. Mostly a cartoon set inside the
human body, the movie cuts back periodically to a live-action outer world
dominated by Bill Murray, who has never sunk so low. Expect to be ready to
run for the exits whenever humans show up on the screen. Walking out could
be one of your smartest moves of the year.
Frank Pepperidge (Bill Murray), who works at an animal park, is one of the
crudest and most revolting people that you're ever likely to meet. He
throws up on the teacher (Molly Shannon) of his sweet daughter (Elena
Franklin) and later pops his volcano-sized zit onto the teacher's mouth
while trying to make amends for the vomit. In another scene, he puts his
filthy foot which has a puss-filled and bloody ingrown toenail on the table
at a restaurant and claims to deserve handicap privileges. And when his
equally nauseating coworker (Chris Elliott) points out that Frank has a
monster sized piece of snot hanging out of his nose, Frank just sucks it
back in. In short, Frank is the type of character that you hope to forget
as quickly as possible but fear that you won't be able to.
The animated part of the picture has a certain amount of imagination but
just isn't funny. Comedian Chris Rock (POOTIE TANG) is the voice of the
cartoon character named Osmosis Jones, a white cell who takes on the big
germs. Cartoon figures say things like they are going down to the kidneys
to see the stones, you know, as in The Rolling Stones. But the boredom of
the animated portion is much preferable to the fear that the movie will cut
back to Murray. If you go, one piece of advice: BYOBB. Bring your own barf
OSMOSIS JONES runs a very long 1:25. It is rated PG for "bodily humor."
Since the movie was originally rated PG-13, one wonders how it escaped the
PG-13 rating. Besides its illustrated bathroom humor, the movie has some
sequences that could disturb kids under 7, including the realistic death of
a parent and a frightening cartoon villain.
My son Jeffrey, age 12, gave it just 1/2 of a star, saying that it was one
of the very worst movies of the year. He found it disgusting and boring.
Only some tolerable music kept him from giving it zero stars.
Copyright © 2001 Steve Rhodes