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At Theaters: 12/19/1997 On Video: 5/5/1998
Rated: PG Length: 1 hr. 37 min.
Internet: Web Site Movie ID: 129705
Studio: DreamWorks Pictures
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Upon the death of their father, down­on­their­luck brothers ERNIE (Nathan Lane) and LARS SMUNTZ (Lee Evans) are surprised to learn that their inheritance is an old mansion that both assume is worthless. But they couldn't be more wrong. In fact, the dilapidated homestead is an architectural masterpiece worth millions. Just as the hapless Smuntzes are all set to cash in, they discover there's one very small problem keeping them from their dream of life on Easy Street. The house is occupied by a tenacious mouse, who has no intention of vacating the premises. Suddenly, it's men versus a very smart mouse as the two brothers square off against the wily rodent in a battle of wills that may just bring down the house

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Comedy - MOUSE HUNT is a broad slapstick comedy in the HOME ALONE tradition but with a mouse instead of a kid. Children will enjoy the physical comedy; adults will enjoy the package considerably less though the performances will keep them amused.
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Cast and Crew Heading
Nathan Lane (The Birdcage)
Lee Evans (Funny Bones)
Vicki Lewis (TV - News Radio)
Maury Chaykin (Pale Saints)
Christopher Walken (Excess Baggage)
Director: Gore Verbinski (Feature Film Directorial Debut)
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The Mouse
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Content Heading
PROFANITY: Sporadic.
SEX/NUDITY: Some sexual innuendo.
VIOLENCE: Mild, slapstick violence.
DRUGS/ALCOHOL: Some alcohol.
ACTION: Quite a bit of slapstick action.
COMEDY: Lots of physical humor.
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Average
Cross HOME ALONE and THE MONEY PIT with a dash of TOM AND JERRY thrown in, and you get the slapstick comedy MOUSE HUNT. Nathan Lane and Lee Evans play two brothers who inherit a run-down house from their string manufacturer father; when they learn the house is worth a fortune, they attempt to renovate it--but standing in their way is one very smart mouse that just won't go away. Children are sure to enjoy the broad physical comedy and the antics of the--yes--adorable little mouse. Everyone else, on the other hand, will be considerably less amused by the derivative proceedings though the performances, in particular by Lane and Christopher Walken (as a psycho exterminator), will hold their attention.
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Based on an Exit Polling of 101 Moviegoers

Ages Age Group
How
Many
Your Probability of
Enjoying This Movie
*
Would
Recommend
Movie To Friends
1-12Children (M/F)
16
Very High
100%%
13-19Teens (M/F)
10
Fairly High
80%%
20-29Yg Adults (M)
8
Fairly Low
85%%
20-29Yg Adults (F)
14
Fairly Low
86%%
30+Adults (M)
24
Fairly Low
92%%
30+Adults (F)
29
Fairly High
83%%
*Possible Ratings: Very High, High, Fairly High, About 50/50, Fairly Low, Low, Very Low.

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D ETAILED S TORYLINE

Upon the death of their father, down-on-their-luck brothers Ernie and Lars Smuntz are surprised to learn that their inheritance is a crumbling, old mansion that both assume is worthless. But they couldn't be more wrong. In fact, the dilapidated homestead is an architectural masterpiece and worth millions.

But just as the hapless Smuntzes are all set to cash in, they discover there's one very small problem keeping them from life on Easy Street: the house is occupied by a tenacious mouse, who has no intention of vacating the premises. Two grown men versus one teensy, weensy mouse. It's no contest... for the mouse.

From ferocious feline to deranged exterminator... the only thing Ernie and Lars might catch in their "better mousetrap" is themselves. The brothers are about to learn that "Are you a man or a mouse?" is a trick question as they engage in a battle of wills with the wily little rodent that may just bring down the house.

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