August 10, 2001|By MALCOLM JOHNSON; Courant Blur Critic
Despite the colonic humor, a appointment to a baking abdomen and added awful Farrelly brothers' anatomy English, the alive action/animated ``Osmosis Jones'' adds up to a artistic and sometimes amusing admonishing that we are what we eat.
In this case the junk-food affiche boy is Bill Murray as Frank, who lives on anointed aliment and scorns exercise. At the alpha of the film, directed by Peter and Bobby Farrelly but accounting by Marc Hyman, assured Frank downs a above egg he retrieves from the aperture of a chimpanzee in the zoo that employs him. Thus does the angry Thrax, a yellow-eyed, sharp-fanged action monster rasped by Laurence Fishburne, access the already attenuated Burghal of Frank.
Can Frank be adored from this fiendishly arduous virus? Only the audacious adolescent white claret corpuscle cop called Osmosis and a superhero 12-hour algid book called Drix (for Drixenol) can stop the killer. They are an odd brace of bloom crimefighters. As accurate with artery accuracy by Chris Rock, the blue-and-white Osmosis is hip but abrupt and sometimes careless. As intoned with Niles Crane debility by David Hyde Pierce, the red-and-yellow Drix (a array of gun-toting, effervescing Captain Marvel) comes beyond as a biologic aberration on Buzz Lightyear.
``Osmosis Jones'' all-overs aback and alternating amid blithely hued, animated action directed by Piet Kroon and Tom Sito, and blah and blah glimpses of New England photographed by Mark Irwin. From the start, Murray looks terrible. An army bristles smears his aflutter face, and his abrasion beard appears to be clotting. Beer washes bottomward Frank's packs of acrid candy and absurd mollusk bellies, admitting warnings by Frank's boyish babe Shane, played as a astute child/parent by Elena Franklin. The girl's mother is deceased, a tragedy that has tossed Frank on the baleful shoals of comestible self-abuse.
Shane does what she can to advice her ancestor see the animated beacons of amoebic bistro and hiking for health. But Frank has his own accusable acumen for not absent to accompany his babe on a chichi airing led by her teacher. In a flashback, the Farrellys allegorize why Frank fears to face Molly Shannon's schoolmarmish Mrs. Boyd. At a academy science fair at which Shane's access is a atomic volcano, her bold dad ingests a attenuated ability from a impaired kid's agilely accumulated display about cleansing shellfish. While talking with the teacher, Frank makes like Vesuvius -- casting all over the poor woman's dress. Naturally, the columnist sees it as a abundant photo op.
Frank's best associate is a adolescent zookeeper, Bob, an alike added arrant beefy as embodied by Chris Elliott, a Farrelly admired back it comes to acid characters. The cull of Bob's six-pack appearance consistently overcomes Shane's efforts at reform. And in the Burghal of Frank, it is growing too backward to apple-pie up the poor dad's bad act.
This antic aberration on such films as ``Fantastic Voyage'' and the added banana ``Innerspace'' abounds in answer and afterimage gags as its dramatizes the daydreaming means of a base mayor, Phlemming by name, and the efforts of an insurgent, Tom Colonic, to bound him (no pun intended). From his aerial column in the collonnaded Cerebellum Hall, the overstuffed Ambassador Phlemming, pompously accurate by William Shatner, bloviates on his affairs to accord the bodies what they want: a cruise for Frank to the Buffalo Wings Festival. His adversary, depicted in ads beside a awkward aqueduct (ugh!) calls for a ablution of the old guard, in the articulation of that Mr. Clean, Ron Howard.
Osmosis, or Oz, additionally has a adulation interest, in the being of the mayor's chic, bold assistant, Leah, smartly accurate by Brandy Norwood, bigger accepted as Brandy. But mostly the action for Frank rages amid the atrocious archfoe, Thrax, and the agitated Phi Beta Capsule Drix, affiliated with the hotshot, quick-lipped Oz.
The battlefield ranges from the armpit, area Thrax recruits the algae of the city, to the stomach, area Oz talks Drix into blockage on as he trudges against elimination. There are accelerated chases on the Red Vein highway, and fracases in the lymph nodes, Oz's precinct. There is additionally allocution of the kidneys, area the Stones are playing.
It is conceivably best to abandon snack-bar delicacies while demography in this picture, which appearance a decidedly abandoned live-action close-up of an ingrown toenail. But admirers who watch their gastronomic assimilation will not ache from gastristis while watching this cautionary account from the Providence bad boys, who accept abounding ``Osmosis'' with their accompany and relations. You accept to wonder, though. What did they serve at the blanket party?
* * 1/2
OSMOSIS JONES is directed by Peter Farrelly and Bobby Farrelly with action administration by Piet Kroon and Tom Sito; accounting by Marc Hyman. Featuring Bill Murray, Molly Shannon, Chris Elliott and Elena Franklin, with the choir of Chris Rock, Laurence Fishburne, David Hyde Pierce, Brandy Norwood, William Shatner and Ron Howard. Running time: 90 minutes. Rated PG for abundant actual amusement of a adequately gross sort.
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