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The Nut Job

Released

Latest Home Video

Apr 15, 2014

MPAA Rating:

PG


Run Time:

86

Director

Peter Lepeniotis

Cast

Will Arnett

Katherine Heigl

Brendan Fraser

Studio

2014 Open Roads Films

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Still shot from the movie: The Nut Job.

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Overall B
ViolenceC+
SexB+
LanguageB
Drugs/AlcoholA
Run Time86

Making the Grades

You can expect plenty of “nut” jokes in this script. Thankfully most of them don’t refer to male anatomy. There’s also loads of cartoon violence, including explosions, punching, smashing and even guns that are fired at the forest critters. But for the eight and older crowd who can keep up with the complexities of the script and the huge cast, The Nut Job is a mildly entertaining diversion.

At the center of the story is Surly (voice by Will Arnett), a testy tree squirrel who lives up to his moniker. He only thinks about himself—particularly when it comes to food. He even mistreats Buddy (voice by Robert Tinkler), a scrawny rat that is the only animal willing to put up with the cantankerous rodent.

The opening scenes of the story feel like something straight out of A Bug’s Life with the city park animals scrounging for enough nuts and scrapes to get them through the winter. Their leader Raccoon (voice by Liam Neeson) oversees the storage of the nuts inside a huge oak tree. When Surly refuses to help add to the stash and mistakenly sends their storage up in flames, he is banished from the park and forced to live on the mean city streets. There he’s chased by a pack of scummy sewer rats, almost run over in traffic and kicked by a irate pedestrian all within the first few minutes of landing in the city. But just when things start to look really bad, he stumbles upon a gold mine—Maury’s Nut Store. Unfortunately the establishment is owned by a mafia boss using it as a front to rob a bank. However that doesn’t stop Surly from planning his own heist.

Surly’s attempts to redeem himself and earn his way back into the good graces of his friends could have been enough storyline for this animation that is clearly aimed at a young audience. But the scriptwriters choose to add an additional plot line that turns the forest creatures against one another and makes it hard to know who to trust.

All these twists make it difficult for young children to follow, and even a few adults will likely feel like they’re being subjected to a big screen version of the shell game. While the animation and 3D effects will hold your attention, at least for a while, some families may choose to wait until The Nut Job hits home video.

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Discussion Ideas After The Movie

Teaching ideas and topics to discuss about The Nut Job.

How does Surly treat others? Why is he banished from the park without a trial? Why does Buddy continue to stick around?

What do the animals do to prepare for winter? What things do you do, if any, to prepare for winter?

What characters make changes in this story? Why does Surly choose to not take credit for saving the animals? How does he help them?

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Canadian Movie Ratings

BC
SK
G
AB G
MB G
ON PG Violence, Cartoon/Animation Violence
QC G
NB
NS
NL
PE
G

Canadian Home Video Rating: G

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Details on home video releases of The Nut Job...

Home Video Notes: The Nut Job

Release Date: 15 April 2014

The Nut job releases to home video (Blu-ray/DVD/Ultraviolet or Blu-ray 3D/Blu-ray/DVD/Digital Copy). Both packages include these bonus extras:

- Deleted Scenes

- Storyboards

- The Great Nut Heist

- Animated Shorts

- End Credits Sequence

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katrina says: Jan. 24, 2014

I hope this will help parents who want to presrve their child’s (childrens) innocence.

My son is eight and unfortnuately he does not live in the bubble I would love to keep him in! I did not mind the fart jokes at all, especially since they were not at another’s expense.  I did not care for the nasty little girl, nor the sexy woman, and yes, I could have done without the guns. However, becuase my son is eight and has played with toy guns, etc, I have to say that they did not put me over the edge.

What did? The “Sexy Woman” song at the end. I have not seen this mentioned in the few reviews I have read. Why on earth did they need that song and what the heck made them choose it? I would have loved to been in on that meeting! Here is this fairly sweet movie about park animals and then they have to put some stupid gansta rap sexy woman song at the end. Okay, you could have kept the gansta rap and put lyrics that would have been appropriate for KIDS!!!!!!! Not giving my money to kids movies anymore. It cost me $30 bucks to learn my lesson.

This is the first movie I did not do my due diligence on. Hearing that song pounding into my son’s head and the little girl in front of us made me so sad. It really did. There are a so many other lyrics they could have chosen. My husband and I decided that we will not take him to the movies unless we have seen the film. As far as new releases go, we will watch them on Netflix and make our decisions that way.

Signed…disgusted

Rod Gustafson says: Jan. 24, 2014

Hi Katrina,
I appreciate your comments on the closing credits song. The song is called Gangnan Style and has been a YouTube sensation for so long it has almost become transparent to us. Thanks for keeping us on our toes… I will add it to our sexual content category.

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