Babe: Pig In the City
Reviewed by Scott Murdock
Rating: 5.5 Beans
arely do I walk out of a movie. In fact, I had never done it before. I almost walked out of "Bean" but I held on and made it through. This time, I could not stop myself. At approximately 75 minutes into this movie, I could take it no more and left. Not that anyone likely noticed... I was one of four people in the theater and the second to leave.
I don't care what the official credits say, this movie's screenplay was written by Torquemada and the director was Josef Mengele. "Babe: Pig in the City" is a sick, psychotic, nightmarish, ugly, painful, and pointless movie that has absolutely no business being marketed to children. Please, do NOT take your children to see this movie. They will be upset. They will be terrified. They will have nightmares.
The first ten minutes of this movie let us see Farmer Hogget get badly mutilated (nearly killed) and Mrs. Hogget get taken away for a body cavity search. With him bedridden and her spending most of the movie in jail, they get about as much screentime as the psychotic clown (Mickey Rooney)-- and he gets taken away in an ambulance just a few minutes after we are introduced to him, see him accidently (with Babe's help) set fire the the children's ward of a hospital, and then collapse at home.
Throughout the long humanless mid-section of the movie we are show Babe getting attacked by a pit bull, a dog dangled by its legs headfirst into a stream until it nearly drowns, a pack of dogs crushed under falling debris, a fish nearly die, and a handicaped dog dragged by a truck and then flung at high speed into an alley. By the time Mrs. Hogget was finally released from jail, I didn't care anymore and I went home.
Someday when I have a free movie rental coupon I may rent this movie on video to see how it turns out, because maybe it will redeem itself in the end. But, I will not be paying full-price to find out.
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