Over the Hedge

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It feels like I've already seen this movie four times, after witnessing the parade of commercials for junk Over the Hedge's characters are pimping. Perhaps it makes perfect sense: The entire movie is built on a scenario that involves the stealing and hoarding of junk food. A swindling raccoon named RJ (Bruce Willis) must fill the cave of a grizzly (Nick Nolte) with grocery-store goodies before he devours RJ instead. So he enlists the aid of some naive turtles and squirrels and opossums and porcupines and skunks — voiced by the likes of Garry Shandling, Steve Carell, William Shatner, Wanda Sykes, and Avril Lavigne, because these movies are nothing without their famous voices — to sack the suburbs for some treats. It's been said of Over the Hedge, both the original comic strip and the movie, that it's intended as satire — a jab at our unhealthy lifestyles of junk-food and TV gorging. But you can't sincerely say something about the crassness of consumerism at the same time you're trying to unload the store.

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