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Hop

hop movie review

Hop is coming to destroy your mind.

Russell Brand, James Marsden, and Gary Cole star in new animated feature Hop

– by Adrian Mack

Congratulations, Hollywood, you’ve puked up your worst kids film since 1988’s bizarre remake of Pippi Longstocking.

The New Adventures of Pippi Longstocking (1988).

Scene from The New Adventures of Pippi Longstocking (1988).

Because it is so vastly fucking terrible, Hop should only be considered as an example of the showbiz machine at its most destructive. Specifically, it demonstrates how somebody with potential, Russell Brand, is generally forced into a series of tragic compromises at the outset of his pathetic Tinseltown career (hello Ricky Gervais!), probably so his business manager, agent, accountant and about a dozen other parasites can keep their 15% rolling in. Welcome to your first floppy-wop, Mr. Brand. Arthur will doubtless look like a masterpiece – or at least vaguely competent – in comparison.

Hop concerns the adventures of E.B. (Brand), the next Easter Bunny in line when his dad (Hugh Laurie) decides it’s time to retire. Being the magical inhabitants of Easter Island, which they share with an army of worker chicks led by the unstable and power-hungry Carlos (Moe Sizlak), E.B. and his dad can do amazing things like shit jellybeans (yum!), and travel anywhere on earth via some sort of wormhole portal. Which is precisely what E.B. does when he decides to run away from home and pursue his dream of being – get this – a drummer in L.A.

Hop movie scene (2011)

In a rational movie, E.B.’s “dream” would end with the little bunny lying in a pool of his own jellybeans as he expires from a hot shot of tainted China White. In Hop, however, E.B. falls in with Fred, a twenty-something, out-of-work dumbass played by the utterly charmless James Marsden. The big question, of course, is who the fuck is James Marsden? The much, much smaller questions include: why does the clueless Fred go to such “comic” lengths to conceal the fact that he hangs out with a talking rabbit? Any half-wit would see the enormous business potential here. Why doesn’t he become his fucking manager?

Actually, Fred does escort E.B. to a talent contest presided over by famous drunk child-abuser David Hasselhoff, in a gag that was already stale when they put it in The SpongBob SquarePants Movie seven years ago. In the plus column, Hop offers one half-funny moment when Fred’s sister mistakes E.B. for a stuffed toy, and the horny little LA drummer-rabbit gives her a look like he wants to fuck her in the ass. But that’s it. It all ends with Fred being transported to Easter Island (I watched this last night and I actually can’t remember how he gets there), where he’s tied up with black licorice while Carlos stages a coup d’etat.

Anyway. Hop seems unfinished. Or to put it another way, it’s mercifully short. America’s Christian right will probably riot over the total absence of crucified messiahs in this movie. The rest of us must watch in horror as world’s funniest man Gary (The Brady Bunch Movie, Office Space) Cole drowns in his role as Fred’s pathologically unimpressed dad. But at least he gave me a character I could relate to.

4 responses to “Hop

  1. 4 years ago  

    Took my son and one of his friends to see HOP! This movie was for kids and i did not get much out of it, i’m not suppose to its for kids, kids movies are for kids. So why did the rabbit go to the Playboy mansion? Kids don’t know what playboy is and shouldn’t, playboy is not for kids. What that was doing in that movie i don’t know, the editors and writers really suck to think that needed to be in the movie. It addied nothing to it and the movie wasn’t going to change lives anyway. So why put it in there.

  2. 4 years ago  

    He went to the playboy Mansion because it was a place for bunnys. That wasn’t really that hard to figure out was it?

  3. 4 years ago  

    No, it’s not hard to figure out…what’s hard to figure out is why it would be in a children’s movie. I am so glad I read reviews on it first.

  4. 4 years ago  

    The Playboy scenes (there were 2) were there for the same reason Doritos, Coke, Apple computers and all the other products show up in movies. It’s also the same reason Camel cigarettes used to market their product with a cartoon camel and McDonald’s uses a clown to sell it’s hamburgers–to get us and our kids to consume their products. Even if it these *two separate scenes* featuring the Playboy symbol and the mention of Playboy by name were somehow unintentional (I’m talking to you, Pollyanna), it is a subtle way of creating familiarity in our kids to the soft-porn industry for later in their lives, the same way that Joe Camel was created to breed familiarity of Camel’s cigarettes.

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