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G-Forcejust might be the best Jerry Bruckheimer action film in many a moon. The film is exuberant, and its premise--don't thinkbigfor an animated caper film, thinksmall--brilliantly upends the more-bigger-faster trope of American action films… with cute, little, furry guinea pigs.

Bruckheimer, the action genius behind the likes of the Pirates of the Caribbean, Con Air, The Rock, Armageddon, and many more, here teams with visual effects maestro Hoyt Yeatman, who writes and directs. The combo is potent, and the fact that they streamed their blow-'em-up vision through a film about tiny rodents saving the world makes the whole confection a hilarious family-friendly experience as well as a satisfying action adventure. The premise isn't earth-shattering: oddball, unexpected heroes are called on to save the day (Men in Black, Underdog, etc.). But the lowly guinea pig has been long overdue to get its moment in the spotlight. And now the free world knows whom it can really trust. The film mixes the animated heroes with real-life actors, including the sardonic British character actor Bill Nighy, who plays an evil mogul out to take over and/or destroy the world. The U.S. government, it turns out, has been nurturing a special squad for occasions just such as this. It's just that it's been nurturing them in small pens with wood shavings on the floor and running wheels for exercise. Will Arnett, deadpan and spot-on, plays the human agent who has the unenviable task of wrangling the guinea pig G-Force, and is a deft foil for the bad guys as well as for the mini-heroes.

But the true powerhouse acting belongs to those giving voices to the guinea pig agents, including Sam Rockwell, Penélope Cruz, Steve Buscemi, and, as the voice of a domesticated layabout, Jon Favreau. The film's standout, though, is Tracy Morgan, whose Agent Blaster is bellicose, fearless, and as full of malapropisms as Morgan's character on 30 Rock. (In fact, the viewer keeps half-expecting Blaster to turn to Cruz's female agent, Juarez, and yell "Liz Lemon!") G-Force is full of belly laughs for kids, as well as their action-film-fan parents. --A.T. Hurley

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CastNicolas Cage, Penelope Cruz, Zach Galifianakis
DirectorHoyt Yeatman
Genre:  Action, Family
Release Date:  July 24, 2009
MPAA Rating:  PG
DVD Release Date:  December 15, 2009
Runtime:  88 minutes
Studio:  Walt Disney Pictures
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review by . September 06, 2010
posted in Movie Hype
Odd and Campy and That's the Good News
   G-Force is definitely one of those films that’s hard to categorize.  In a way it reminds of many of Jerry Bruckheimer’s works in that it’s supposed to be an adventure flick with a bit of comedy but it somehow feels askew (Pirates of the Caribbean anyone?).  All of that feeling transfers here but the difference is that this one is clearly targeted toward an even younger demographic which is bad for two reasons: 1) It isn’t bright and crisp like a kids’ …
Quick Tip by . July 12, 2010
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Guinea pig secret agents were never so much fun to watch in action.
review by . January 21, 2010
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Very cute, as most talking animal movies are! This was a nice action flick as well, and my son really enjoyed it. Appealed more to him then his 3 year old sister.
review by . July 29, 2009
Pros: No nudity and no bad language.     Cons: Will not interest the adults.     The Bottom Line: If you don't expect too much then take your kid to see this one. They will enjoy it even if you don't.     Here we go again, another movie that is funnier on the advertising ads rather than at the theatre. Just like all of the other movie goers I to took my daughter to see the loveable spying and super-powered pigs. I usually do not go to the …
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