Gore Verbinski, who went on to make the Pirates of the Caribbean movies, directed this comic romp featuring hilarious performances from Nathan Lane and Lee Evans. They are Ernie and Lars Smuntz, two idiotic brothers who inherit a crumbling old mansion, only to discover there’s a mouse inside who just won’t leave. A scary feline, Catzilla, doesn’t catch it, neither does exterminator Caeser (Christopher Walken in a truly side-achingly funny cameo). As Eddie himself says about the mouse: ‘He’s Hitler with a tail. He’s The Omen with whiskers!’
It’s Home Alone with extra cheese (and tons more laughs) as the slapstick comedy comes thick and fast while the bumbling brothers destroy half the house in their attempts to rid the place of the pesky critter (played by a real mouse, mixed with computer-generated effects and animatronic ones, plus, apparently, a rat stunt double). Terrific, and proof that you don’t need a complicated plot to make a great family movie.
Is Mouse Hunt suitable for kids? Here are our parents’ notes...
Any action and exciting scenes are very cartoon like so not very frightening.