This is the kind of movie that makes you ashamed to like movies at all. This isn’t just bad. This is mind-rottingly reprehensible and vile — not to mention stupefyingly unfunny and embarrassing. If you’ve been lucky enough to miss the trailers (in which case, you might think this is about some esoteric dress-up games and it’s not), here we have the story of Dan Sanders (Brendan Fraser), who has uprooted his family from their Chicago home to rusticate in the wilds of Oregon where he’s overseeing the construction of an “ecologically friendly” housing development. They object to being there. The woodland creatures object to them being there — especially after learning that Dan’s boss, Neal Lyman (Ken Jeong), plans to develop the entire forest out of existence. The upshot of all this? The animals — with the aid of truly awful animatronics and the worst CGI I have ever seen — seek revenge by attacking Dan. By my reckoning, this consists of Dan suffering three shots to the crotch, two dousings of skunk spray in the face, innumerable attacks of bird droppings, a bout of poison ivy, a bath in port-a-john effluvia, and a golden shower in the mouth from a raccoon. This is the state of “family entertainment” in 2010. Just plain dire.
Director: Roger Kumble
Writer: Michael Carnes and Josh Gilbert
Producer: Robert Simonds
Cast: Brendan Fraser, Brooke Shields, Ken Jeong, Angela Kinsey, Matt Prokop, Skyler Samuels, Rob Riggle, Toby Huss and Samantha Bee