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At Theaters: 2/13/1998 On Video: 8/18/1998
Rated: PG Length: 1 hr. 29 min.
Internet: Web Site Movie ID: 029804
Studio: Polygram Films
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A young boy manages to discover and make friends with an entire family of Borrowers living in his house. Their friendship, not to mention the Borrowers very existence, is soon threatened when the wicked banker Ocious P. Potter illegally evicts Pete's family and plans to demolish their home.

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Comedy Adventure - The Borrowers is a combination of Home Alone, Mouse Hunt and other contemporary family adventures, but one which is actually appropriate for the whole family, without much exaggerated violence or crude behavior. Kids will love the imaginative special effects and the comic interaction of Borrowers and humans; adults may love exactly the same elements. Though the story is fairly story-book simple, it's also appealing in the same simple way. Not the most memorable of films, but a satisfying way to spend a matinee.
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Cast and Crew Heading
John Goodman (The Flintstones, TV- Roseanne)
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Production Notes Heading
Not provided by studio.
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Content Heading
PROFANITY: Two mild profanities
SEX/NUDITY: None
VIOLENCE: Cartoonish pratfalls and minor injuries
DRUGS/ALCOHOL: None
ACTION: Many chases and instances of physical comedy
COMEDY: Physical comedy
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The Borrowers is the sort of charming, low-key family drama Hollywood should be able to make in its sleep, if only it would bother. Instead, this adaptation of Mary Norton's popular children's books comes as a very pleasant surprise, a family film which only rarely strays into the too-typical below the belt humor of so many contemporary "family films." More often, it's an ingenious and appealing showcase for John Goodman's fuming cartoon villainy and a marvelous combination of special effects and production design to create the interaction between the 4-inch-tall Borrowers and full-sized humans. A small but satisfying entertainment.
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Opinion Heading

Based on an Exit Polling of 103 Moviegoers

Ages Age Group
How
Many
Your Probability of
Enjoying This Movie
*
Would
Recommend
Movie To Friends
1-12Children (M/F)
19
High
100%%
13-19Teens (M/F)
5
High
100%%
20-29Yg Adults (M)
3
Fairly High
100%%
20-29Yg Adults (F)
6
High
100%%
30+Adults (M)
26
Fairly High
96%%
30+Adults (F)
44
High
97%%
*Possible Ratings: Very High, High, Fairly High, About 50/50, Fairly Low, Low, Very Low.

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D ETAILED S TORYLINE
Have you ever misplaced a sock? Some jewelry? Do you think you know where you left a pen or a spool of thread only to find that it isn't there? This perturbing state of affairs has a very simple explanation . . . The Borrowers

Borrowers discreetly co-exist alongside humans. They reside under the floorboards of our homes and offices, taking great pains to go undetected as they ingeniously procure and live off of borrowed items.

Their world exists surprisingly nearby.... under the floorboard and between your walls lies the fascinating and intriguing world of the Borrowers. It is a clandestine world where missing socks are used as beds, where missing pens become bridges, where postage stamps are adorned as wallpaper and walnut shells are helmets. The dauntless Borrowers must keep there identity a secret lest they be squished by their human hosts.

But one young boy, Pete has his suspicions, and he manages to discover and make friends with an entire family of Borrowers living in his house - a teenage girl Borrower named Arietty, her young brother, Peagreen, and their parents Pod and Homily. Their friendship, not to mention the Borrowers very existence, is soon threatened when the wicked banker Ocious P. Potter - played with devilish glee by the wonderful John Goodman - illegally evicts Pete's family and plans to demolish their home.

Pandemonium ensues when these tiny heroes discover Potter's plan. It's a race against time as they set out to save their home and bring the evil lawyer to justice. Neighboring Borrowers come to the aid, led by Spiller, a swashbuckling hero who rides an ingenious makeshift rocket car. Through madcap missions, wild chases through drain pipes, under human-sized automobiles, and a series of comical misadventures in an obstacle-laden milk bottling factory, the Borrowers prove that size doesn't matter when you're on the right side. Saving Pete's house and foiling Potter's plans makes for a tall order, but the tiny Borrowers are up to the challenge.

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