Stuart Little (1999) Michael J. Fox, Geena Davis, Hugh Laurie, Jonathan Lipnicki, Nathan Lane Movie Review

Stuart Little (1999)   3/53/53/53/53/5

Jonathan Lipnicki in Stuart Little (1999)

A Little for Kids

When George Little (Jonathan Lipnicki) got out of school he was excited as he was going to meet his new adopted, little brother for the first time. So when he meets Stuart, a talking mouse which his mum & dad (Geena Davis & Hugh Laurie) have adopted he is not overly happy as Stuart is not the little brother he had been expecting. But for Stuart winning over George is not his only problem as the Little's family cat, Snowbell, certainly doesn't welcome the arrival of a mouse which is technically one of its owners and works about getting rid of the mouse.

A series of adventures about a talking mouse which lives in a world where the only person who doesn't see how ridiculous the situation is is the young kid who you would actually expect to be the character who would be more accepting of a talking mouse. That to me sums up "Stuart Little" the sort of fantasy movie which did entertain young children back in 1999 but to anyone else it struggles to offer up anything other than this big road block of a concept which is too ridiculous to accept.

That is my trouble with "Stuart Little" and it always has been, beyond the ridiculous nature of the adventures of a small talking mouse there is little to entertain those adults who find themselves watching it. Okay so there is the wholesome nature of it and there is also a remarkably good cast with even some familiar faces appearing in the smallest of supporting roles. But the humour and the adventures offer up nothing for grown ups and so it becomes a movie which plays out in front of your eyes but fails to connect with you.

What this all boils down to is that "Stuart Little" is and always has been a movie for children rather than a family movie. And there is nothing wrong with that as I would hope the escapades of a talking mouse would amuse young children but it offers up nothing for any adults who end up watching it with or without their children.