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Newspaper publisher's mail room clerk Lemuel Gulliver (Jack Black) with a crush on travel editor Darcy Silverman (Amanda Peet) pretends to be an aspiring travel writer and is given a trial assignment by Darcy, to check out Bermuda with the angle of a Bermuda Triangle sneak peek. Lemuel ends up on the island of Liliput, where he towers over its tiny citizens and makes an ass of himself, big-noting and enjoying his newfound position at the centre of attention. He tries to play cupid to Princess Mary (Emily Blunt) daughter of King Theodore (Billy Connolly) and Horatio (Jason Segel); Gulliver's position is enhanced even further when he leads his new friends in a daring battle against their longtime enemies. But when Gulliver loses it all and puts the Lilliputians in peril, he must find a way to undo the damage.

Review by Andrew L. Urban:
Jonathan Swift's (satirical) 18th century novel about Lemuel Gulliver has only the slightest connection to this film, namely the name and the notion of Lilliput. The book's setting explains the films period production and costume design, which contrasts with Gulliver's downbeat wardrobe for today's classic immature no hoper. This is typecasting for Jack Black, and it's as painful as it always has been (with the exception of Rock School).

The inane screenplay couldn't have been the honey that attracted the film's A list of Brit/Scot comics, led by Billy Connolly (most of whom have precious little to do or say, comic or otherwise), so it must have been the money. Infantile humour aimed at teenagers is a confusing genre, in that the butt-crack jokes and the inherent social commentary in the Gulliver/Lilliput concept don't really get on.

There are a few cheap laughs and the novelty will keep youngsters engaged, but the material is too flimsy to hold water for 90-odd minutes.

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(US, 2010)

CAST: Jack Black, Jason Segel, Emily Blunt, Amanda Peel, Billy Connolly, Chris O'Dowd, T. J. Miller, James Corden, Catherine Tate, Emmanuel Quatra, Olly Alexander

PRODUCER: Jack Black, Ben Cooley, John Davis, Gregory Goodman

DIRECTOR: Rob Letterman

SCRIPT: Joe Stillman, Nicholas Stoller (novel by Jonathan Swift)


EDITOR: Alan Edward Bell, Maryann Brandon, Nicolas De Toth

MUSIC: Henry Jackman


RUNNING TIME: 93 minutes


AUSTRALIAN RELEASE: December 26, 2010

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