When a corrupt attorney (John Goodman) schemes to destroy the house of the normal-sized Lender family, they and the Clock family, a clan of miniature people who secretly reside in the walls of the house, team up to save their home.
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- Peter Hewitt
- This movie is
- 1998 BAFTA®
- Best British Film nominee
Widescreen 1.85:1, Pan-and-Scan 1.33:1Subtitles
YesLanguage and sound
Spanish (Neutral): Dolby Digital 2.0 Stereo, English: Dolby Digital 5.1, French: Dolby Digital 5.1Other features
The Borrowers is a good DVD with excellent sound. Despite many commentators on the DVD newsgroup, the DVD accurately reflects the way the film was intended to look - sort of an odd, golden, sepia tone to everything. On my Sony 7000, there are no problems with the disk-no artifacting, etc. - that make up a poor transfer.
In fact, this is not at all a poor transfer with an exceptional, clear image and a first rate DD 5.1 soundtrack. The DVD includes a brief "making of" documentary and the ubiquitous trailer.
Common Sense Note
Parents need to know that the little people in this movie have a lot to fear from the "Beans," or humans, who are out to exterminate them. The tricks and traps can be painful to watch. There are also some gross-out moments (like when a Borrower falls into a pile of dog poop, or when a villain is drenched in liquid cheese). But the clever gadgets and great escapes will prove entertaining to tweens and even adults.
- Sexual Content
- Not applicable.
- Perilous and violent scenarios have tangible results. Traps, chemical burns, pokes in the flesh with prongs, chase scenes where little people are nearly smashed with hammers or drowned in milk. No one dies or is mortally wounded. The action is frenzied and continuous, but fun, too.
- "Damned," "idiot," and "shut up."
- Social Behavior
- Positive messages of teamwork, family, hard work, and friendship.
- Very discernible product placement in first 15 minutes of movie: Breyer's ice cream, Reach dental floss, Energizer batteries.
- Drugs / Tobacco / Alcohol
- The villain smokes cigars.
- Age appropriate
- Not an issue
- Depends on your kid and your family
- Not appropriate for kids of the age most likely to want to see it