Monday, July 28, 2008

Tom and Huck Down By The Schoolyard - Movie Review...Sort Of

What do you get when you take one of the worlds most beloved books and turn it in to a movie starring Jonathan Taylor-Thomas and Brad Renfro? PURE GENIUS with a side of a insanity and a touch of MUD MONKIES!

The 2005 film Tom and Huck takes the plot and characters of the book Tom Sawyer by Mark Twain (or Samuel Clemens, if you will), throws Huck into the mix a little more, and makes it...TERRIFYING...and somehow kid friendly!

Yes, that's right, I am a fan of Tom and Huck...I mean who didn't grow up with this movie? Those of you who didn't, wow...I'm REALLY sorry. I mean from the opening of the movie where Tom Saywer (Jonathan Taylor-Thomas) sneaks to, following the plot of the book, be a pirate, you just know that it's only a matter of time before the movies becomes...amazing. Sure enough, Tom begins to drown, and who else should save him but his old friend Huck Finn! (the late, great Brad Renfro). From there on, it's just a whirlwind of adventure, knives, LEGAL mistakes, guns, buried treasure, and of course marbles...all of which they somehow managed to make kid appropriate - despite the scene where Brad Renfro is wearing nothing but mud and underwear.

This is a kid's movie...yeah...but it's also a teen movie, and still being a teen, for all I know it's an adult movie too! But if you haven't seen this, you definitely should...and if you have...WATCH IT AGAIN BECAUSE IT'S TOM and MOTHERFUCKING HUCK FINN FOR CRYING OUT LOUD! THEY ARE YOUR AMERICAN CHILDHOOD! RESPECT THEM!...sorry...I get a little emotional about this movie.

OH! And I forgot to mention, they throw a VERY young Rachel Leigh Cook in to this movie as the sassy Becky Thatcher...and I have to say, other than the PSA (Public Service Announcement) that she did about heroin, this is probably her shining moment in cinema...I mean come on, what girl doesn't want to push Jonathan Taylor-Thomas off of a bridge only to PUNCH him out later!

This film comes complete with:
Mud monkies
A pipe
Hilarity involving stop and go laughter
FAKED death! (OH MY!)
Haha, just kidding about that last one.

You should enjoy this movie if you liked:
The books Tom Sawyer and Huckleberry Finn.

I give this movie a rating of...
4 out of 5 stars
2 out of 5 potential lemons!

If I were a mother, this would be the FIRST movie I showed to my child once they were old enough...and now, for your viewing pleasure, a little fanvideo that my friend and I made! Thank you, Simon and Garfunkel!

1 comment:

xxfamouslastwordsxx said...

I have NEVER heard of this movie (AGH! don't kill me!), therefore, I have never seen it...
Haven't read the book either...
GAH! I feel soo incredibly un-American right now...
This is what happens when you force your kids to grow up overseas...