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Kid-oriented 'The Little Vampire' is an enjoyable film


The Little Vampire

Starring: Jonathan Lipnicki, Richard Grant
New Line Cinema 

****


By Jack Glauser
Daily Cougar Staff

It's not often that you see a film without a lot of promotion behind it do well at the box office.

Whether or not Jonathan Lipnicki's new family film The Little Vampire will bring in the cash is debatable. Whether or not it is a good film isn't. 

The Little Vampire is a fun and well-thought flick.

This film has vampires, always an interesting topic, but it puts a fresh spin on them. The vampires in this film are not beings of evil sent from the nether realm, but rather are human beings cursed for hundreds of years. Their only desire is to once again become human, which is why they have vowed not to drink human blood.

The film stars Lipnicki, who started out in 1995 on The Jeff Foxworthy Show and played the smart kid in 1996's Jerry Maguire and Stuart Little's brother in the 1999 film. He was once considered a one-hit movie wonder, but in this film he comes through with another enjoyable performance.

The film also stars Richard Grant, known for his work as the anal retentive manager of the Spice Girls in Spice World and the hero Redferne in the film Warlock. Grant stars as Richard the Great, head of the clan of vampires. Grant pulls off the character well with his British charm.

The movie is set in Scotland, where Tony Thompson (Lipnicki) has been forced to move. Tony is picked on by the children because he is American, and because he has the strange assumption that vampires are coming.

Eventually, the fates of Tony and his newfound friend Rudolph, played by newcomer Rollo Weeks, cross paths when Rudolph is being chased down by the evil vampire hunter (Jim Rookery). The two become friends quickly; the movie is only an hour-and-a-half long. They are drawn together by their differences, just one of the film's pleasant messages for young viewers that mothers can't help but love.

The film offers a funny twist to an almost overused genre. Vampire films, both big-budget and independent, have become a dime a dozen, so it's always nice to see a rip in the scheme. This is a great family film, mainly because parents and kids alike will enjoy it. The comedy is both wholesome and humorous, a pleasant change to today's painful and ludicrous physical humor.

OK, so it's not a film you take a date to, or one that you might want to be seen coming out of, but The Little Vampire is honestly better than a lot of the trash out in the theaters right now. It is worth seeing, even if that means renting it when it comes out on video.
 

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