Rating Explanation: for brief rude humor, mild language and action.
Jimmy's Buzz Guide Review: There are a few cheap laughs and the novelty will keep youngsters engaged for a time, but the story is too flimsy to hold even their interest for an hour and a half.
2 Disc DVD Features: Disc 1 - Closed Caption; Gulliver's Travels in Standard Definition; Gag Reel.
Disc 2 - Gulliver's Fun Pack; I Don't Know...with Lemuel Gulliver; Deleted Scenes; Exclusive Short Features: Little and Large; Jack Black Thinks Big; Gulliver's Foosball Challenge; War Song Dance; Fox Movie Channel Presents In Character: Jack Black; Fox Movie Channel presents In Character: Jason Segel; Fox Movie Channel presents World Premiere; Fox Movie Channel presents Life After Film School: director comments by Rob Letterman.
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Billy Connolly ...
Chris O'Dowd ...
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Based loosely on the satirical 18th century novel by Jonathan Swift, but this new version has only the flimsiest connection to the classic novel. Lemuel Gulliver (Jack Black) works in the
mailroom at a New York newspaper, where he torments a young colleague
(T. J. Miller) and pines after the travel editor Darcy Silverman (Amanda Peet). After convincing her
to let him write a story on the Bermuda Triangle, he's shipwrecked in
Lilliput, an island populated by people who are 6 inches tall. There he
befriends Horatio (Jason Segel) and helps the King and Queen (Billy Connolly and Catherine
Tate) fend off their rival neighbors, becoming a hero in the process.
But the Princess (Emily Blunt) has a pompous suitor (Chris O'Dowd) who plots
There are a number of good things to say about Gulliver's Travels, including a nicely understated theme about an unambitious guy being able to prove himself. On the other hand, the movie is overloaded with special effects and Jack Black's constant mugging and there's so much of both that the story soon becomes
Pop culture references fill the movie, which was clearly made by a director Rob Letterman who grew up in theStar Warsgeneration. Visually, the
effects are decent, but the whole project has a distinct whiff of the beginnings of a series.