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Rated PG (MPAA) · 94 min. · 2009

Action/Adventure, Family
The understated beauty and the elegant alchemy of CGI, live action and vocal performance in the titular wild things goes a long way to make up for Wild Things' not quite fatal, but certainly inescapable flaw. It takes far too long for the film's subtle plot---Max (Max Records, in a debut performance that is a tad showy) escapes his mother's wary eye and becomes king of the you-know-whats---to gel with its theme: how futile it is to control others' actions. James Gandolfini gives a wonderful, open-hearted performance as Carol, Max's wild ally, and the film takes off when Carol takes a dark turn in the last act. The gesture reminded me of a line in director Spike Jonze's Adaptation: "Wow them in the end and you've got a hit." Wild Things is close, but not quite a hit. –Hillary Titley


See our full review: <I>Where the Wild Things Are</I> almost a hit, but not quite

Where the Wild Things Are almost a hit, but not quite

Spike Jonze's adaptation takes too long to gel with its theme. »

Official Site: www.wherethewildthingsare.com
Director: Spike Jonze
Writer: Michael Goldenberg, Dave Eggers and Spike Jonze
Producer: John B. Carls, Gary Goetzman, Tom Hanks, Vincent Landay and Maurice Sendak
Cast: Catherine Keener, Max Records, Mark Ruffalo, Lauren Ambrose, James Gandolfini, Catherin O'Hara and Forest Whitaker

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