Picks and Pans Review: The Borrowers
Based on a series of five beloved British children's novels (published between 1952 and '82), The Borrowers is an inventive, amusing and darn cute family film. It follows the survival struggles of a lilliputian-size family (not for nothing is a copy of Gulliver's Travels glimpsed here) who live behind the walls and under the floorboards of a house filled with normal-size Beans (human beings). Named Borrowers because they appropriate everyday objects for their own use (credit cards for doors, walnut shells for helmets), the clan is imperiled when an evil banker (Goodman) takes over their domicile. Young viewers will enjoy this lively film in inverse proportion to the Borrowers' size. In other words, enormously. (PG)
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