Picks and Pans Review: Stuart Little 2
Geena Davis, Hugh Laurie, Jonathan Lipnicki
What exactly is the legal driving age for mice? Though still in elementary school, Stuart Little 2's titular rodent hero drives a snazzy, miniature red roadster to class in Manhattan and never gets pulled over. A cop stop is about the only trouble Stuart avoids in this action-packed sequel, which small fry will enjoy and accompanying adults may find trying, albeit easier to take than, say, The Powerpuff Girls.
This time the computer-animated Stuart (again engagingly voiced by Michael J. Fox) contends with his overprotective human mom (Davis) fretting that he'll hurt himself playing soccer, skateboarding or, in a scene lifted from the classic E.B. White book on which both SL films are based, sliding down a drain in search of a missing ring. That's all sissy stuff compared to Stuart's several battles with a predatory falcon, scenes scary enough to cause 'fraidy-cat kids to transfer to adult laps. (PG)
Bottom Line: Squeaks by
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