Interesting. Osmosis Jones is an entertaining film that successfully blends live action scenes
with animated inner-body shots. The movie takes an original and intriguing idea, and mixes it with some unoriginal
subplots, including an unlikely pairing of cops to solve a case (like Rush Hour and other films).
In fact Osmosis, voiced by Chris Rock is even a screw up and always in trouble with his
chief like Chris Tucker's character in Rush Hour. But it's not those plot elements that make the movie
work like it does. What makes it work is the extremely clever setup of live inside a human body as a town
from food acting as transportation for new life into the body to the bladder being the ferry ride out.
It isn't long before this society is easily accepted and an all-around joy to watch. What tends to slow things
down is the mildly unfunny live action plot with Bill Murray (I am a fan of his) being the only really interesting human in the film.
The film probably would have worked better with all animation, a better written live action plot, or
more of a parody feel to it. The film does take its opportunity to mock The Matrix (as does
almost every goofy comedy these days), and Titanic. However, the parody of Titanic
is the first of its kind (it's not the typical "I'm the king of the world!" joke), and is so well-placed and
better yet unexpected that you wish they had made fun of more things!
Content is kept kind of mild due to its PG rating, but it does weigh kind of heavy on the gross-out
side for a PG film. For this, parents should be warned that although PG, some of the material isn't all too suitable
for children. Who'd expect the Farrelly brothers, known for Dumb and Dumber, There's Something About
Mary, and Me, Myself, and Irene to make a clean-cut PG film? There is a lot of bodily humor
including material involving zits, the bladder, an ingrown toenail, snot, etc. Profanity is kept to a minimum
with just 1 d*mn, however several uses of swear words turned around and used bodily exist (for example,
a cell says "Holy Spit!"). Sexual material isn't really prominent, but we do see various cell women in bikinis
at different times, and Osmosis tries picking up Leah but she turns him down. We also see a cell couple making out
in a movie theater watching dreams Frank is having. One of these is shown in which Frank forgot his pants,
so we see him wearing only a t-shirt and briefs.
I just have mixed feelings about this movie. It often felts like I wasn't watching a movie, but more like
a Saturday morning special of sorts. It was funny and entertaining, but something seemed
to be missing or was just not right. However, I cannot place my finger on what it is. The jokes and references
used while portraying the inside of the body to be a micro society is excellent, but the jokes weren't
pushed far enough. With that, I don't mean crudely, but just to be more-so of a parody would have probably
made it even more enjoyable to watch.
Not bad, but not entirely a summer highlight, Osmosis Jones is an entertaining fun
film to watch with a couple of friends on a rainy day. It could have been a lot better, but was still
good as it was.
- John DiBiase
Parental Guide: Brief Summary of Content
Sex/Nudity: When we're introduced to Jones, he's viewing
a magazine centerfold of a DNA strand as if it were an attractive model.
During a cartoon chase scene, billboard that reads "Come see
the land down under" with the drawing of a bare male rear end on it.
Jones sees a curvy female with her back turned towards him and decides to hit on her, but discovers her to be Leah.
After he tries a pickup line on her, she turns him down.
In Osmosis' locker at work, there is a photo of a woman in a bikini hanging inside with an image of Leah's head
attached to it.
We see a female cartoon dancing in a bikini, and later see a photo in Osmosis' work locker of a woman
in a bikini (with Leah's head attached to it).
For a second, we catch a cartoon cell couple passionately kissing inside a movie theater.
In a live action sequence, we see one of Frank's weird dreams where he's an adult in school wearing just a t-shirt
and briefs as he's forgotten his pants.
Vulgarity/Language: 1 d*mn, 4 "Oh my G-d"
Alcohol/Drugs: Several characters, live action and cartoon, drink or smoke in the film.
Blood/Gore: Most of the "blood/gore" that is cartoon related isn't realistic
enough to be really gross. However, we do see some cell characters explode when attacked by Thrax. In live action,
we see a slightly bloody, gross-looking ingrown toenail of Frank's. We see a flashback of Frank
puking onto someone, with the vomit on the person. Later we see a disgusting photo of the projectile
vomit ejecting from his mouth onto the person. We see a red, irritated large zit on
Frank's forehead. Before it bursts, we see a gross close up of it as the white head seeths before exploding (not seen),
but we see its contents on Mrs. Boyd's face.
Violence: Various cartoon-related violence: Germs killed/explode, things catch on fire, a couple physical fights occur.
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