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ⓘ The Animal




The Animal
                                     

ⓘ The Animal

The Animal is a 2001 American comedy film directed by Luke Greenfield and starring Rob Schneider, Colleen Haskell, Michael Caton, and John C. McGinley.

Schneider plays Marvin Mange, a man who is critically injured but unknown to him he is put back together by a mad scientist who transplants animal parts, resulting in strange permanent changes to his behavior.

                                     

1. Plot

Marvin Mange Rob Schneider is an awkward, clumsy nice-guy who dreams of being a police officer like his dad was. He continuously attempts to pass the physical test to become a full-fledged police officer, but despite his repeated attempts, he is unable to finish the obstacle course. Marvin gets constantly mistreated by heartless and sleazy Sgt. Sisk John C. McGinley. He works in the police station as an evidence clerk.

One day, while alone at the station, he receives a robbery call. With no other officers responding to the call, he attempts to take it himself but ends up driving off the road, tumbling down a mountain and seriously injuring himself. Just as the car finally comes to a stop, a Bolder falls on top of it and he passes out.

Days later, Marvin returns to his normal life with no memory of what had happened. Suddenly, hes full of life. He can outrun horses, mean dogs are now scared of him, and he does not need his asthma medicine. He thinks it is due to his late-night TV purchase of "Badger Milk", which is guaranteed in the ads to make him stronger.

One day at the park, Marvin meets Rianna Colleen Haskell while shes out walking her dogs. His animal-like tendencies are slowly taking him over. When a frisbee is thrown in his direction, he cannot control himself, and he jumps to catch it in his mouth.

He goes to the airport to talk to his friend, Miles the security guard Guy Torry about his problem. While there, Marvin sniffs out a man trying to hide heroin in his rectum. For uncovering a drug smuggler, Marvin is declared a hero and is made a full-fledged police officer.

As days go by, Marvins animal instincts are becoming stronger. He often wakes up in strange places, and subsequently, hears about animal attacks that occurred in the middle of the night. Because of these attacks, Dr. Wilder Michael Caton believes that Marvin is out of control. The mad scientist confronts him, takes him to his laboratory, and explains about the grafts and transplants that saved Marvins life and gave him remarkable animal powers with certain troublesome side effects.

Later at a party thrown by the Mayor Scott Wilson, Marvin chases after a cat and destroys everything around him and gets fired as a result. During his reprimand, he hears something, jumps into the nearby lake and rescues the mayors son using powers derived from a sea lion and a dolphin. He is swiftly reinstated.

Chief Wilson Ed Asner questions Marvin about the late-night attacks on farm animals because one of the witnesses made a police sketch, and it looks like Marvin.

Rianna goes to Marvins house, where he has barricaded himself inside. They spend the night together, but Marvin wants to be tied up so he cannot hurt anyone. In the morning, he finds himself untied, courtesy of Rianna. Suddenly, the police show up outside. Another attack had happened that night, and the police have come for Marvin. Rianna convinces him to run.

Marvin escapes to the woods, where a huge chase ensues; the police have organized an angry mob as a search party to capture Marvin. While running through the woods, Marvin finds Dr. Wilder. The scientist tells him that there was another "patient" of his that is out of control, and he is in the woods looking for it.

Sergeant Sisk confronts Marvin and is about to shoot him. Suddenly, the other "animal" jumps from a tree and attacks Sisk. The beast is Rianna. Now, the crowd finds them both together but Miles is there and takes the blame for everything. He has been claiming that there is reverse racism towards him since hes black a concept he explained in the beginning of the movie while out to eat with Marvin and no one wants to hold him accountable for anything. Sure enough, once the mob thinks a black man was responsible, they dont care anymore and leave.

Marvin and Rianna get married and have a litter of children that each look like Marvin. While watching television, they see Dr. Wilder win the Nobel Prize. He says he owes it all to his fiancee, who is the same woman from the Badger Milk commercial. When she turns around to kiss him, there are large scars shown on her back, implying that Wilder performed the experiment on her as well.

                                     

2. Cast

  • Adam Sandler as Townie
  • Ron Rogge as Patrolman Jaworski
  • Charlie Stewart as The Evidence Room Kid #1
  • Ed Asner as Chief Wilson
  • Norm Macdonald as Mob Member
  • Guy Torry as Miles
  • Rob Schneider as Marvin Mange
  • John C. McGinley as Sgt. Doug Sisk
  • Louis Lombardi as Fatty
  • Philip Daniel Bolden as The Evidence Room Kid #2
  • Sebastian Jude as Lost Boy
  • Michael Caton as Dr. Wilder
  • John Farley as Other Mob
  • Colleen Haskell as Rianna "Hummingbird" Holmes

Wes Takahashi, former animator and visual effects supervisor for Industrial Light & Magic, makes a cameo appearance as a news reporter.

                                     

3.1. Reception Box office

The Animal debuted on June 1, 2001, grossing $19.6 million U.S. in its opening weekend. With a production budget of $47 million, the movie grossed $84.772.742 internationally.

                                     

3.2. Reception Critical response

This film received negative reviews. Rotten Tomatoes gave the film a score of 30% based on 83 reviews, with its consensus stating: "While less offensive and more charming than recent gross-humored comedies, The Animal is still rather mediocre". Metacritic gave the film a score of 43% based on reviews from 22 critics, indicating "mixed or average reviews". Audiences polled by CinemaScore gave the film a grade B+.

Kevin Thomas of the Los Angeles Times called it "An outrageous and imaginative summer comedy." Robert Koehler of Variety magazine wrote: "The Animal is never more nor less than stupid, but stupid in ways that deliver goofiness rather than rampant humiliation." Peter Travers of Rolling Stone described it as "an Adam Sandler reject" and wondered how this "raunchy innuendo wrapped in a PG-13 rating" got past the censors.

Rob Schneider was nominated for a Razzie Award for Worst Actor of the Decade for his performance in the film.



                                     
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