Verdict: 1 / 5
You would expect a film entitled ‘The Nut Job’ to be hilariously entertaining; sadly that is not the case for this disappointing 2014 flop. Practically rehashing 2006’s Over the Hedge, The Nut Job is a film about squirrels searching for nuts in order to survive the winter.
In a nutshell (see what I did there??) – Surly, a selfish squirrel who refuses to be a team player, is banished from the park community he calls home. After destroying the animal’s only stockpile, he and his rat friend Buddy discover a nut shop in their new world and plan to claim the stash as their prize. Andie, a rough and tough she-squirrel is teamed up with Grayson, the park’s heroic simpleton, to find some source of food for the winter. They bump into Surly and must decide whether they can trust him or not. Of course there are other animals involved as well, including some gangster rats, an evil power hungry raccoon, some clueless woodchucks, a mole, a robotic type bird and a super friendly dog – sounds super exciting, but that’s about all you’re going to get from this movie.
The one thing I really hate most in films is over predictability. Yes, there is only so much you can do before a viewer starts figuring out the storyline but then suspense, jokes, music and the likes can be (and usually are used) to easily distract. The Nut Job fails hopelessly on all levels – the jokes all fall flat, in fact there isn’t anything funny about any of them. The plot runs in circles, the characters are paper thin, the storyline is stale and the animation is forgettable.
Seriously, no child should be punished in this manner, let alone a parent. Watch it at your own peril.