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Volume 2, Issue 2                                    University of Houston

Matt Damon disappoints; Stuart Little proves size doesn't matter

By Brandon H. Franks
Staff Writer

Stuart Little

Stuart Little does justice to the E.B. White book it's based on. With a cast including Geena Davis, Nathan Lane and Michael J. Fox, Stuart Little is packed with laughs. Stuart Little has everything you could want in a movie: action, adventure, comedy and drama.

The one thing that could have been left out is the swearing. Though Columbia may have wanted to appeal to a wider base, the movie is still designed for kids. So, with that in mind, parents should be slightly wary. 

Stuart Little (with the vocal talent of Michael J. Fox) brings to the big screen what kids have been reading for the past 50 years.

Courtesy of Sony Pictures Imageworks

Nonetheless, Stuart Little is a wonderful movie for all ages. There are plenty of things to keep adults interested in the movie, like the one-liners from Nathan Lane.

Jonathan Lipnicki (Jerry Maguire) is as adorable as ever playing Stuart's brother. The special effects used to make the animals come to life were well done. It was totally believable.

Although the movie could have been a little less campy, it's very entertaining. If nothing else, Stuart Little should be seen for the boat race and the car chase through Central Park.

Who would have thought that a rodent could be so huge? Stuart Little definitely shows that size doesn't matter. B+

The Talented Mr. Ripley

With a cast including Matt Damon and Gwyneth Paltrow, you would expect The Talented Mr. Ripley to be moving, but the only thing moving will be you as you squirm in your seat for nearly three hours. You'd have a better time watching Ishtar while having leeches suck the blood out of your body.

Damon is not capable of pulling off the role of a psychotic killer. Paltrow's performance is lukewarm at best. The only bright light in the movie is Jude Law who makes his character believable and likable in an otherwise boring ensemble.

Phil Bray/Paramount Pictures

Gwyneth Paltrow, Jude Law and Matt Damon show off their dubious talents in the disappointing The Talented Mr. Ripley.

After going through what seems like every town in Italy and an hour-and-a-half of a boring plot with no twist, a second plot begins. This second plot raises your hopes only to leave you disappointed at the end.

The Talented Mr. Ripley is like a bad mixture of Alfred Hitchcock movies and a lot of vodka. The movie should have gone straight to video, and Matt Damon needs to stick to working with Ben Affleck. F

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