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At Theaters: 7/28/2006 On Video: 11/28/2006
Rated: PG Length: 1 hr. 29 min.
Internet: Web Site Movie ID: 469970
Studio: Warner Bros. Pictures Inc.
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Storyline Heading
New in town, friendless and tormented by a neighborhood bully, young Lucas Nickle has been taking out his frustration on the innocent ant hill in his yard. But one day the ants retaliate. Using a magic potion, they shrink Lucas down to ant size and sentence him to live like an ant in their colony. In this strange new world Lucas will learn important lessons about friendship, get a whole new perspective on life and ultimately find the courage to stand up for himself.
Movie Type (Genre) Heading
Animated Adventure - This is an animated comedy aimed at children though some action sequences may be too intense for the really young. That said, this is typical animated family fare.
Cast and Crew Heading
Julia Roberts (Voice of Hova)
Nicolas Cage (Voice of Zoc)
Meryl Streep (Voice of The Ant Queen)
Paul Giamatti (Voice of Stan Beals)
Regina King (Voice of Kreela)
Bruce Campbell (Voice of Fugax)
Lily Tomlin (Voice of Mommo)
Zach Tyler Eisen (Voice of Lucas Nickle)
Production Notes Heading
About The Production
A Kid Could Learn A Lot From Ants
The Ant Bully: An IMAX 3D Experience
Content Heading
SEX/NUDITY: Comic partial nudity in a non-sexual context.
VIOLENCE: Fights between kids, bugs; smashing of bugs.
DRUGS/ALCOHOL: Cigar smoking.
ACTION: Chases; bug fights.
COMEDY: Physical gags; verbal humor.

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Critic's Review Heading

Berardinelli, Internet Critic Full Review
Average Young kids may find The Ant Bully appealing, but nearly everyone else, including parents forced to sit through the movie, will understand the difference between a 'family film' and a 'children's film,' and why this picture belongs in the latter category.

USA Today Full Review
Above Average Ant Bully, while not wildly fresh or inventive, is entertaining and energetic...Though the story is predictable, the message is benign, and the visuals, particularly in IMAX 3-D, are stylized and surreal.

Note: The rating above is our interpretation of what the critic would give this movie based on their review. We are not affiliated with these critic's in any way.


Opinion Heading

Based on an Exit Polling of 54 Moviegoers

Ages Age Group
Your Probability of
Enjoying This Movie
Movie To Friends
1-12Children (M/F)
Very High
13-19Teens (M/F)
Very High
20-29Yg Adults (M)
Fairly Low
20-29Yg Adults (F)
Very High
30+Adults (M)
About 50/50
30+Adults (F)
About 50/50
*Possible Ratings: Very High, High, Fairly High, About 50/50, Fairly Low, Low, Very Low.

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The following is the original "What's Worth Watching" write-up for this movie.

Moviegoer Opinions:

Based on a theater exit polling of 54 moviegoers:Great opinions from the kids, decent opinions from parents. Approximately half the adults, both male and female, really enjoyed "The Ant Bully," rating it "Very Good" or higher. About half of the remaining moviegoers rated it as average with the rest rating it below average. For an animated kids movie this is pretty good. It's certainly not as well liked as "Toy Story" or "Shrek," but most parents will be entertained enough to make this a good family time at the movies.

Poor 10-year-old Lucas Nickle (Zach Tyler Eisen) can't get a break. Recently moved to a new city with his family, he hasn't made a single friend. He gets nothing but grief from his teenage sister, Tiffany (Allison Mack), and not a whole lot of attention lately from his parents (Cheri Oteri and Larry Miller), who are busy planning their big anniversary weekend trip to Puerto Vallarta. Meanwhile, his loving but kinda kooky grandmother Mommo (Lily Tomlin) spends all her time trying to protect the family from those space aliens she's been reading about in the grocery store magazines.

To make matters worse, Lucas has become the number one target of neighborhood bully Steve, who never misses an opportunity to push him around.

In turn, Lucas delights in destroying ant hills in his yard—venting his frustration on the defenseless mounds of dirt and their tiny inhabitants by kicking them, stomping them and squirting them with the garden hose.

But, unbeknownst to Lucas, there is a whole world alive and busy just underneath his feet, and what he sees as "just a bunch of stupid ants" are actually members of a complex society, with names and relationships, responsibilities and emotions. They're getting mighty tired of having their homes trampled by Lucas The Destroyer. And they are ready to fight back. The magic potion that Wizard Ant Zoc (Nicolas Cage) has long been working on is finally finished. One drop in Lucas' gigantic human ear and he is instantly shrunken down to ant size and taken deep below the ant hill to stand trial.

The Head of the Ant Council (Ricardo Montalban) proclaims Lucas guilty of crimes against the colony. Sentenced by the wise Ant Queen (Meryl Streep) to live among the ants and learn their ways to earn his freedom, Lucas finds himself in an incredible landscape suddenly teeming with life—and peril—that he never noticed or even imagined before, and embarks on the adventure of a lifetime.

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