After making a mint off a series about nothing, Jerry Seinfeld apparently decided that his first feature film ought to be about something in the case of Bee Movie, the enslavement and torture of bees for the pleasure and profit of humans, which is, like, hilarious. Alas, theres only so much you can do with talking bugs that hasnt already been covered in A Bugs Life, Antz, and The Ant Bully. For all the muscle and money behind Bee Movie, it still feels unfocused and unfinished. For a while, its cute family fun a visually sumptuous and goofy hour during which Barry (Seinfeld) discovers he doesnt want to be just another worker bee, flies the hive to Manhattan, and meets an adorable florist (Renee Zellweger). But rather suddenly, the bee-a-man plot disappears and Bee Movie turns into ... a courtroom thriller? Sadly so, as Barry finds himself in a courtroom prosecuting the likes of, yes, Sting. The funniest moments are the Seinfeld-worthy throwaway lines a bit about women and toe rings (Its like putting a hat on your knee), a gag about TiVo (You mean you can just freeze live TV? That's insane). And then theres Chris Rock as a mosquito. Rock has but two scenes in the film, but he needed a hundred more. Give the man his own movie, please, if only because itd be far better than this one.
Simon J. Smith, Steve HicknerJerry Seinfeld, Renee Zellweger, Matthew Broderick, John Goodman, Chris Rock, Kathy Bates, Alan Arkin, Patrick WarburtonSpike Feresten, Barry Marder, Andy Robin, Jerry SeinfeldJerry Seinfeld, Christina SteinbergParamount Pictures