Gross, But Funny Osmosis Jones is a really good movie, if a bit... well... disgusting at times.
The plot revolves around a white blood cell named Osmosis Jones (voiced by Chris Rock) who serves as a police officer in the body of a guy named Frank (Bill Murray).
When a dastardly virus named Thrax (voiced by Laurence Fishburne) invades Frank's body, it's up to the immunity force to stop him, and Ozzy is teamed up with a cold tablet named Drixobensomedaphedramine, or Drix for short (voiced by the always-wonderful David Hyde Pierce).
Meanwhile, the pompous blood cell politician in charge of Frank's body, Mayor Phlegmming (voiced by William Shatner), is desperate to win the next election, but he is obviously doing a sub-par job of running Frank's body. His aide (and Ozzy's love interest), Leah, is voiced by Brandy Norwood.
This movie is very amusing in some places, but I had to deduct one star because it is, on occasion, REALLY DARN GROSS. I had to turn my head away from the screen in some places. However, this is by no means a bad movie. I personally consider David Hyde Pierce's portrayal of Drix to be one of the best things in the film (if not the very best), especially when Drix busts a secret mob meeting at a disco and utters the following line, doing some dance steps as he speaks:
"Attention, germs, you are surrounded. Uh-huh, uh-huh. Uh-huh, uh-huh, SURROUNDED!". Trust me, it's worth seeing just for that part.
Overall, Osmosis Jones is definitely worth seeing, and it could also be used to teach an anatomy lesson, because it's very accurate. Just watch out for the gross bits....more info
nice great movie, it was hysterical and very original and clever....more info
Not neccessarily appropriate for kids I bought this item on the suggestion of a student, who thought it might be good to show in our jr. high science class. I'm glad I previewed it first! I'd caution other teachers and parents on the amount of innuendo in this film... also, as a viewer myself, it just wasn't very engaging -- more depressing than anything else....more info
A one-of-a kind picture Osmosis Jones is a movie that is better than it looks. The story is halarious. The music great. And i loved how the movie was animation and real life. The only thing I didn't like was how the menu was setup, very confusing. But a funny movie with jokes the whole family can enjoy!...more info
Excellent Osmosis Jones, a tale of physiology, an adventure of how the immune system works; and a beauty story about a father and his daughter, health and disease in a well done zoom-in-zoom-out between reality and animation.
Parents can't miss!
Children pay attention!...more info
Excellent Resource Osmosis Jones is an excellent resource for my students. This video is utilized in my classroom when teaching about cells and viruses. My sixth grade students really enjoy the video for its science content, humor, action, and soundtrack!...more info
One of the best animated films EVER Very inventive, hilarious (albeit sometimes quite gross) and extremely clever. A shame it was marketed so poorly, where are the toys?
BUY IT if you love animation. If you don't love animation, there is always Monsters INC....more info
Osmosis Ewww Fun to watch, until Bill Murray comes on screen. Word to the squeamish...you might want to close your eyes during his scenes. But the animation is very well done, and the dialogue is very funny if you follow closely....more info
Beautiful loser This terrific movie was doomed from conception. Most of those educated enough to appreciate the cleverness of the script (we're talking allusive, rapid-fire biology-based vaudeville here) are bound to bridle at the gross-out visual humor; most of those down with the gross-out aspect are likely be confounded or bored by the witty, wordy script. But somewhere in between will be a tiny, isolated coterie of pre-teen aliens for whom this will be the greatest movie ever. I hope they all eventually meet, interbreed, and take over the world. ...more info
A Very Cool And Well Thought Out Movie. I first came across this a couple of years ago when it was being shown on the Cartoon Network station in the UK. I'm a big kid at heart, so I thought I would give this a shot. I have to admit, from what I remember I enjoyed it immensely back then. So after going a few years without seeing it, I decided to take the leap and buy it to watch one more time. I have to say that I loved it even more the second time around. I became shocked to find out that this is even a Farrelly brothers production, which gave it that extra comedic boost. The Farrellys famed for comedy classics like Dumb & Dumber and There's something about Mary.
I have seen many reviews with the main negativities being it was either a gross out movie or it was too graphic. Sure, the cartoons show cells being killed in what some would say is quite a brutal way, but that's the realism shining through I guess. If you're going to make an animated movie based around a killer virus, then it's inevitable that you're going to see cells die. For those who have kids, this is a good way to teach them the realities of life and that not everything is all smiles and sunshine. I don't know, I guess people like their kids to live in a delusional world where everything is A-OK. The gross out scenes, I have to admit became a bit too much even for me. I have a thing for snot and the whole snorting and swallowing thing, so I did skip through that particular scene. There's not doubt that the particular scene in question had a point to it when viewing the animated interior. Another thing that bugged me about the negative reviews was the acknowledgement of innuendo, citing that it's inappropriate. How is innuendo inappropriate? Unless your child is aware of what the innuendo is referring to or the negative reviewer has a dirty mind themselves, then there truly is nothing wrong with a little adult innuendo in a kids movie. A lot of kids TV shows and movies have the odd adult joke here and there, that float harmlessly over the kids head and give the adult a cheap chuckle.
The story focuses around two entities and tells us two separate stories in one fantastic movie. The animated side focuses around Osmosis Jones, a loser white blood cell cop in the city of Frank. One day after Frank swallows an infected boiled egg, he contracts the deadly Red Death virus which embarks on a mission to kill Frank. Determined to prove his worth and after discovering the Red Death virus, Osmosis must fight against the mayors and his departments wishes to locate and stop the virus. He does get a little help from a cold pill by the name of Drexel, who becomes known as Drix. He's uptight and does everything by the book, at least he did until he met officer Jones.
On the outside we are given Frank, a slob zoo worker who's really let himself go since he lost his wife. The only people he has left are his brother Bob (Equally slob like) and his daughter Shane. After eating the boiled egg that was dropped in Monkey poop, he slowly deteriorates, but is determined not to go the hospital or the doctors as he wants to make it to the Buffalo Chicken Wing Festival.
This movie is stocked full of really big names such as Chris Rock, Laurence Fishburne, Bill Murray, Ron Howard, William Shatner and even a cameo by Kid Rock. How can you honestly go wrong with a movie with such a cast. This is a really enjoyable film that I think can be enjoyed by the entire family. People just need to get over the delusion that a big of harmless innuendo and adult humour is going to kill their child....more info
Infectious villain, But its not a bad thing This movie was severely underrated. I truly enjoyed this movie, all twenty or so times I've seen it on DVD. I saw it once in theatres and loved it. It was the most original movie I saw in the 2001 summer. Chris rock's voice can occasionally be grating, but Thrax (Laurence Fishbourne) has a nice voice that sort of smooths over all the others. Speaking of Thrax, he is the most awesome villain I've seen for a long time. He is also the sexiest germ I've ever seen. His character is developed and just cool (Just look at those glowing fingers). Heroes are also ineresting, buddy cops Osmosis and Drix are stereotypical street wise cop and college boy, and yo'll love them every minute. Leah, a hormone and Osmosis' not so secret crush is also nice. She's not the typical damsel in distress, although she does sometimes ge in trouble, she never screams "Save Me!", instead she says. "What are you waiting for? shoot him!" (When taken captive by Thrax, little spoiler). All characters in the animated portion of this movie are clever and very well designed. The art work is original and very stylized. My one complaint about this movie is there is too much live action. Cheyne, Frank's daughter comes across as a bossy health freak. But she is probably supposed to be a little exaggerated. So, see this movie if you haven't already. It's got laughs, action, and the world's first leather clad virus. I love it!...more info
Clever idea features every bodily function gag imaginable A reasonably entertaining blend of live action and animation with the live action scenes directed by the Farrelly brothers. Bill Murray is a lazy zookeeper who is unable to take proper care of himself. Inside his body live animated blood cells. One, a cop named Osmosis Jones (voiced by Chris Rock) decides to try and save Murray by challenging the orders of his superior (voiced by William Shatner) and give Murray the chance to turn his life around. The movie also features the voice talents of Brandy, Larry Fishburne, Ron Howard and David Hyde-Pierce. Kid Rock also makes an appearance in animated form as Kidney Rock. OSMOSIS JONES is a movie all ages ought to enjoy, even if the animation is a bit iffy at times, but in general it's a clever, humorous piece of entertainment with Rock and Hyde-Pierce (as Jones's partner) providing excellent voice performances. As with SHREK, the character animation vaguely resembles the actors. Larry Fishburne is especially effective and menacing as the bad guy. I would also advise viewers not to eat during the movie as there is a rather low rent mucus gag and an amusing zit gag. Basically every bodily function joke you can think of is present in OSMOSIS JONES....more info
Funny, plenty of adult humor, not quite young kid friendly This is a great movie, full of puns, inuendo's and one liners that only being inside a human body could pull off. It is about a lonely white blood cell named Osmosis Jones (played by kid rock) who is on a body wide search of a suspect virus that no one believes he has seen. Drex (David Hyde Pierce) is the fast talking, proper cold aid who, after seeing the commitment Jones has, joins him in the search for Thrax (Lawrence Fishburn). Bill Murry plays the host body, along with Chris Elliot as his best friend.
This movie has plenty of twists and turns, and the thrills of a live action police movie. It is relatively medically acruate too. The reason that it is PG-13 is due to some of the semi-violence, near to bad language, and the inuendos. Overall, a very funny movie, and if you watch this with a 9-10 year old and explain all of the puns, should be enjoyable for them too, but not really for anyone younger than that. ...more info
One of The Best Animated Films Ever Made This Live-Action/Animated Adventure Follows Frank, A Slob Who One Day Eats An Egg That's Been Caught In A Chimp's Mouth and Landed on The Ground. Inside His Body, A Virus Named Thrax is On The Loose in His Body. Now It's Up To The Help of A White Blood Cell Cop Named Osmosis Jones and A Cold Pill Named Drix To Stop Trax From Killing Frank Within 48 Hours.
OSMOSIS JONES is Probly One of The Absolute Best Animated Films Ever Made. Though The Trailers Advertise A Family Film, It's Definatly NOT A Family Film, and I'm Kind of Shocked It Wasn't Rated PG-13.
The Live-Action Cast Aren't As Good As What The ANIMATED VOICE Cast Brings To The Film, But Still Bring The Carecters To Life. The LIVE-ACTION Cast Includes Bill Murray (From GROUNDHOG DAY) as Frank, Molly Shannon (Who Later Did EVAN ALMIGHTY) as Shan's (Frank's Daurghter) Teacher, and Chris Elliot (From THE MASK) as Bob, Frank's Best Friend.
The ANIMATED VOICE Cast Is One of The Best Voice-Over Cast Ever and They Really Bring The Carecters To Life. They Include Chris Rock (Who Later Did MADAGASCAR) as Osmosis Jones, David Hyde Pierce (From BUG'S LIFE) as Drix, William Shatner (Who Later Did OVER THE HEDGE) as The Mayor, and The Best Out of Them All, Lauance Fishburne (From MATRIX) as The Virus Thrax.
The Animation is A Combination of 2D and CGI and It's Absolutly Realistic.
OSMOSIS JONES is A Must-See Film For Older Kids and Adults of All Ages.
Bill Nye the Science Guy: Human Body.
SPIECIAL FEATURES INCLUDE:
-Commentary By Animation Directors PIET KROON and TOM SITO, Writer MARC HYMAN, and Producer ZAK PENN.
-Frank's Gross Anatomy
-HBO First Look
-Voice Recording Sessions
The Commentary For OSMOSIS JONES is Another Great Commentary and It's Really worth Spending 95 Minutes Listining To Pepole Who Made The Film. Frank's Gross Anatomy is An Interactive Adventure That Make You Relive ''Gross'' Moments in The Film. The HBO First look is Another Great Making-of That's Worth Watching For 15 Minutes. The Voice Recordings Are Great As Well. The Deleted Scenes Are NOT, and For Once It Makes Sense Why Thay Were Deleted, Mainly It Wasn't That Good, Accturally Only One of Them Was Good.
FINALLY! A movie where bodily humor is actually necessary! Funny, clever, and beautifully animated, "Osmosis Jones" was unfairly overlooked in theaters. (Am I the only person who went to see it?) I'll take this over "Shrek" any day....more info
Fantastic!!! Can be used from grades five through high school! Humor and visuals for all ages. Great fun learning about the immune system. Bravo to all.
Gets SIX out of five stars....more info
A good germ in the making..... Osmosis Jones is about a white germ, but bad at doing it. He is a loser to everyone, a slacker, he is a slacker/rapper, that teams up a 12 hour cold pill to kill a DEADLY virus! The 12 hour cold pill gets down and does the nose first, Frank, the guy the white germ lives in, is a slob, a 100% slob. To save Frank, the white germ kills the virus, and puts the body tarm. in the right place, so Frack is saved, but still he was almost a goner, the white blood cell his happy and respected, and Frank is doing exerizes. There are more stuff, like that there is a mayor inside Franks head, and more, but I told you the main stuff. I don't want to ruin everything for you. Drewing, is very good, they druw the characters well:8.5/10 Fun, there are some good parts and some bad parts, I would say there are more good parts:7/10 Movieplay, this is a good-sized movie:9/10 Overall, Osmosis Jones is very good:8.5/10...more info
Eh... Well, personally, I thought it was pretty gross but maybe other people liked it. It wasn't funny. There were some kinda sad attempts at jokes that didn't work out, and all in all it was pretty much a gross walk-out movie....more info
mostly fun The movie is not as gross as some people are making it sound. I think there was only one or two scenes that I found gross. As an intentional biology major, I thought it was great that they made a funny movie about our body. Little kids would probably be a little bored with this movie, not understanding what a cell is. But older kids like 8 and up, would probably like it and even learn a few things about the human body....more info
Not for the squeamish! This is a movie that has lots of grossness to it, but there is a very good heart to (z)it. I suggest that you not eat before watching this movie because it is very gross, not as gross as Hannibal but still gross. Chris Rock was hilarious in this movie as was Bill Murray who was in only half of the movie. Well animated and directed, Osmosis Jones is a movie definitely for children, NOT adults. Rated PG for gross bodily humor....more info
"The dude was sick before I got here" Frank (Bill Muary) is a slob, and his eatting habits are just gross. Frank eats a dirty egg from the zoo. Inside the egg, a deadly virus named Thrax (Laurence Fishburne) who wished to make medical history by killing Frank. Enter Osomois Jones (Chris Rock) and Drips...err...Drix (David Hyde Pierce). Jones is a white blood cell and Drix is over-the-counter cold pill. Drix and Osomois Jones work together to stop Thrax....more info
Better than expected On a personal basis, I'd say that Osmosis Jones was better than quite a few of this years 'blockbusters'. In terms of entertainment, it even beats Harry Potter and Planet of the Apes. Of course, it's supposed to be that way, seeing as it's a comedy, but still.. I had more fun watching this than either of the aforementioned two. The integration between the live-acting and the animation is near-seamless. The whole thing flows with ease.. unless one happens to be watching the live actors. Perhaps one enjoys the animation more after watching the pathetic character castings. I certainly couldn't sympathize with Frank (Bill Murray's character) and even his attempt at the end to make up for his blase acting is too little, too late. However, Thrax was awesomely played.. he literally sent shivers up my spine from the moment he first began speaking. Jones and Drix pull together well, and serve as perfect bouncing boards for each other's personality. For those hoping that this movie will have children coming away with a greater understanding of the workings of the human body, this movie will come as a disappointment. But those who expect nothing more than an enjoyable flick and fun time, ya'll will enjoy it!...more info
Osmosis Jones: Great for When the Kids Get Sick Whenever our kids are sick we watch this film to spark discussion as to what is going on inside the body.
As already stated here, if toilet humour upsets you, use caution with real young ones.
Duke, Sharon, Bud(98) and Grif(00)...more info
more awful packaging I know most of my reveiws seem to ramble on abut the way things are packed, but this really makes me mad this dvd had a bonus cd sampler in it and the disc was all sticky and and gooey and in this day and age this is kind of scary. I don't know about the movie because I have yet to watch it and am thinking of returning it if it were not for the fact the people at the store would think I was a nut. Warner you also need to get out of the dvd iceage with those stupid snap cases.Please bw advised that this is a bad way to to pakage things and if the disc were on the back of the case like the tape it would have not been so bad....more info
One of the best family films I've seen I guess the film didn't do big guns at the box office, and with the new animation Oscar category, this one was bypassed. I'm not sure why, because this one works for me in so many ways. My kids likes the animated characters and the various chase scenes. But it's for adults, also, as a lot of time was spent creating humorous ways to set up various internal body systems.
The live action, which takes up about 1/3 of the movie, does not live up to the animation. But Bill Murray does his usual solid job portraying a guy who is doing just about everything he can to mess up his body.
What made it special for me, though, was the reactions I received while we watched it. My four children range from 3-8 years old. They were all mesmerized by it, and I got a non-stop barrage of questions from them throughout the entire movie about explaining what what happening in various parts of the body. I don't consider this confusion, but a genuine interest in the movie. When it was done, they all knew a little bit more about biology, and demanded that we immediately play it again....more info
good movie I bought this to show to middle school students when we were studing the cells. It was a fun way to present the material I wanted to present....more info
Osmosis Jones I loved this movie, Chris Rock and David Hyde do a great job and Bill Murray is so funny, I could watch this movie over and over and never get tired of it....more info
I only bought it because I'm an extra in it. I was an extra in this movie. When Bill Murray sneezed I walked behind him. I'm the one with the long brown hair and striped rainbow tanktop. The movie is cute but it's not a must have if you're not in it....more info
Close, but...... Not a bad movie, but not, unfortunately, a very good one. The animated characters are OK, the villian in particular is very good, but the gross-out humour provided by the live action leads is unconvincing. I find it hard to believe that anyone like that that could get a job to be fired from in the first place. The ending is contrived and sentimental in the extreme. However, I bought it, and I have seen, and bought, worse; so my verdict would be:- Close, but no cigar this time....more info
Bile ain't always vile Osmosis Jones is funny, crude, disgusting, interesting, gross, educational, disturbing, informative, ... and entertaining. From B.O. and fart jokes, to understanding how (some parts of ) the body behave and react to germs, "OJ" delivers entertainment that never goes near mindless.
My four-year-old demands it as often as Shrek, and peppered us with questions about the body all through the movie. While Stanley Kubrick may have taken a different slant wth this one, Bill Murray is at his all-time grossest, and , believe it or not, leaves you wanting more of him. Jumping back and forth from real live actors on the outside, to cartoon germ-fighters on the inside, it's a buddy-cop film like Lethal Weapon...for the 12 and under set.
The film crosses racial, ethnic and social barriers easily, and should help alleviate fears that some children have about 'sick' and 'infection'.
You'll laugh, you'll cringe, you'll hold your nose sometimes...
Rent it once; if your family likes it as much as ours, it will become part of your permanent collection....more info
Osmosis who? Osmosis Jones is a rotation between live action and cartoon animation. Live action = Frank's dreary, disgusting, and boring life as a zookeeper and single parent. Cartoon animation = the fascinating metropolis of cells inside Frank. The live action of this movie (which constitutes about 40% of the film) is lame and dorky, and it's only purpose seems to drag the integrity of the film down. That's a real shame, too, because the world inside Frank is really fun. Though the story itself is simply good versus evil, it takes quite a big leap of creativity to twist it into everyday, bodily functions. Despite what others may have said, I found Osmosis Jones to be a unique, witty, clever, and humorous movie. Though there is a lot of bathroom (and adult) humor and a few gross scenes, this is a great film. Well, the cartoon part is great. The live action they tried to connect with Frank's insides is really down and out, and makes the show not what it should be. My advice: close your eyes through those scenes, because the cartoon world within is definitely worth seeing....more info
Suitable Diversion, but Not For the Little Ones If you're into bodily fluids, this has to be the one for you. You've got urine, vomit, saliva, pus, snot, gastric fluid, doody, and a vengeful, house-cleaning culminating flatus, all available in one easy package.
Shaft and Lethal Weapon meet Cool World and Fantastic Voyage, animated, and for the kids. A deadly virus finds its way into Frank (Bill Murray), a lovable slob and relatively recent widower. The virus, given the unintended yet timely name of Thrax, is very well animated, just bad enough, and very sartorially sophisticated. Thankfully, he is not the traditional over-the-top cheezy bad guy, and has got some bitchen dreads reminiscent of the alien hunter in Predator. Thrax's is voiced by Laurence Fishburne, sounding an awful lot like an Ivy League Ice-T. Jones, our hero and cell on the job, voiced by Chris Rock, is the white blood cell-cop who's on the case. William Shatner is the voice of the self-involved and corrupt mayor of the body politic (ha). I liked Shatner's voice in this film, but for some reason I kept seeing Rip Torn-go figure.
TV's Niles Crane, that is, Frasier's brother, David Hyde Pierce voices the role of the Mr. Spock/Data character, a nerdy, by-the-book, robotic cold pill sent in to partner with Jones. So you've got the animated cop buddy pic angle goin' on. At first encounter, Pierce as the cold pill doesn't work, but the character does improve as the film goes on.
The film is more or less harmless, although a great deal of its best humor is lost on kids younger than ten, as they have no knowledge of the anatomy which forms the basis of the jokes. There are some funny gags for grownups down inside Frank, but they are too fleeting, too quick, almost designed for DVD playback.
The live action sequences bring us back to the corporeal reality, but aren't that great. Molly Shannon does the same schtick she did on Saturday Night Live, and it was somehow rewarding to see her vomited upon and have a truly grody zit explode into her face. Chris Elliott was great albeit thoroughly unoriginal as Frank's co-slob worker.
In the end it all works out, everyone does okay, justice is done, and everyone learns a very important lesson, of course....more info
Fun and educational Jumping between live action and animation, this movie is fun for kids and also explains a little about how the human body works.
While folllowing a white blood cell (a cop named Osmosis Jones), and a cold pill he has been paired up with to help the human (Bill Murray) feel better as he gets what he feels is the cold. Later we find out a deadly virus is planning to take over.
Keep in mind that this is supposed to be a fun movie, maybe with a few one liners geared towards slightly older kids. My 4yr old son loves this movie, and I think it helped him visualize what was happenning to me.
I was diagnosed with Leukemia and I think he can relate the "bad guys" in the movie to the bad guys in me, and that I have "good guys" (and pills) in me fighting to save me.
Hilariously satirical, and pretty cool Osmosis Jones is a pretty cool movie that is composed of 1/3 Gross Out Comedy, 1/3 Satire and 1/3 Buddy action flick. And 2/3 are done well. Let's face it, the real life part stunk, but the rest of it more than makes up for it. This is the story of a guy named Osmosis Jones, a white blood cell voiced by Chris Rock. He lives inside the body of Frank, a slobby zookeeper who's body is likened to a city: it has it's dump (guess where), power plant (heart), ghetto (liver), and even natural disasters (cramps and sicknesses.) So when Frank injests a hard boiled egg that has been in the mouth of a monkey and on the ground, it's bad news. Especially when the egg hosts the Red Death virus named Thrax (my favorite character), voiced superbly by a evilly suave and utterly unrecognizable Laurence Fishburne. Thrax wants to kill Frank in record time (48 hours) by damaging his hypothermis gland and heating Frank up like "A sidewalk on a summer day..." Thrax snickers. To help Osmosis fight Thrax, enter the by-the-book and not particularly bright cherry-flavored cold pill Drix (David Hyde Peirce)who wants to prove his worth by curing Frank. The In-Jokes, such as taking you're girlfriend down to the kidneys to see the stones and an armpit being a sauna for gangsters make it funny. The live-action parts are disgusting with vomit jokes and require fast forwarding. And the action scenes near the end, involving car chases and fistfights, are just cool. It's a little violent within the body; Thrax's sicle-like index finger is used for slicing apart those unfortunate cells that stand in his way and for setting fire to his surroundings. Lots of pyromania. Rock, Peirce, and especially Fishburne lend excellent voice talent to this movie. But not for the squeamish....more info
Humorous look at dangers of poor health habits A great combination of animation and live action. Good lesson for school age children on importance of good health habits....more info
Bad The live action-animation interaction was flwed; the Farrely Brothers can do better than "gross-out PG" comedy. They could make Dumb and Dumber, Something about Mary, and Kingpin style films. Their free fall continues. Say It isn't so! (Get it?)...more info
Another victim of poor advertising. If you're like me, you probably saw the previews for this film and thought that it was another unnecessarily dumb animated feature with stupid lines that were written solely for the purpose of putting on a T-shirt and marketing to six year-olds. But actually, this movie is a unique comedic gem, and is unexpectedly clever.
For example, if you were to watch one of the trailers, you might see the part where a little green germ says "Oh, no, not again!" in an amazingly unfunny voice. From that clip, anybody older than 12 would probably groan. When viewed in the context of the movie, though, the line is actually funny.
As everybody else who's written a review will tell you, the animated scenes are far better than the live action sequences. I'm hoping that if we all say it a lot, then you'll remember. The animation is absolutely wonderful, while the live-action scenes are merely average. The Farelly brothers, evidently, have a special talent to be heavy-handed and immature. However, these scenes are not so bad that they ruin the movie. They are somewhat enjoyable and not entirely bad. But when placed next to the adventures of Osmosis Jones, you might be inclined to hate them.
If you aren't interested in buying the DVD (Though now I want to, since I've seen the movie) then you should definitely rent it. I'm positive that anybody with really low expectations will be delightfully surprised....more info
enjoyable & educational We liked this movie, it was educational for my 11 year old and he also enjoyed it. I was hoping that it would expain a little more in detail some of the roles of the "clean up crews"....more info
OK. Osmosis Jones is a great movie for kids,I wouldn't tell older people to watch this movie.It's kind of weird seeing Chris Rock in a movie without him cursing,well there is no bad humor but there are some very sick parts considering it takes place in a body and it's about a white blood sell and a cold pill tring to save a body from a bad germ.It get's stupid and slow at some parts but it's a good movie all together.Recap!Good for kids bad for adults,slow but good.Kids,get it.Adults,don't bother....more info
Use a Klenex Would You? Movie Summary: Osmosis Jones is a white blood cell in the body of Frank. He is a cop who defends Frank from invading germs. Frank is a disgusting human being who eats a hard boiled egg from the floor of a monkey's cage and in the process ingests a nasty virus named Thrax. Jones is the only cop who is on to Thrax's evil plan to kill Frank in record time. Jones gets help from an over the counter cold pill named Drix and together they fight to save Frank's life.
My Opinion: The animated portions of the movie were entertaining and fun. The live action portions of the film were gross and not that funny. If it had been 95% animation, this would have been a lot better film. As it is, its audience would be mostly teen and pre-teen boys who are into the gross out humor. Bill Murray's character is disgusting and very hard to like. He doesn't treat his daughter very well. He comes across as very unsympathetic. In the animated portions, all the characters are well done. Chris Rock does an excellent job as Jones. He's funny and you end up rooting for him. David Hyde Pierce is perfect as Drix the cold pill. They make a surprisingly good team. Laurence Fishburne and William Shatner round out the excellent animated cast. If only they could have toned down the live action parts and made Frank more likable. Then we'd probably have a hit on our hands.
DVD Quality: Video: Widescreen anamorphic - 2.35:1 Animation is very crisp and clear. Sound: DD 5.1 The dialog is quiet and the music is loud. Extras: Commentary, Trailers, Behind the Scenes Documentary, Deleted Scenes, Hidden Clip Menus: Average Animated Menus. This is a decent DVD release with a fair amount of extras.
What You Should Do: Rent it if you've got some teen age boys in the house. The animated portion of the story is great, but the live action scenes can get pretty gross.
Related Movies To Check Out: Who Framed Roger Rabbit, Toy Story, Cool World...more info
It's unimpressiveness is impressive... ...this movie was a huge mistake. The audience I saw it with was largely quiet and seemed as uninvolved in it as I was. About the only thing going for it is the vocal talent (Rock, Fishburne, Pierce, Shatner) but even that ended up being disappointing.
The concept just doesn't work. There's a major disconnect between the live action sequences with Frank (Bill Murray) in the real world (which make up perhaps 1/3 of the movie) and the animated sequences of what's going on inside his body. For me, this very cartoony anthropomorphic world of his internal organisms (the animation design reminds me of the Simpsons a little bit) just cannot possibly exist at all in the real world...yet we are supposed to believe that Frank's white blood cells look like Smurf/Bart Simpson hybrids and sound like Chris Rock...it was just impossible for me to suspend my disbelief as the film cuts back and forth between these two completely different universes.
That said, I guess the filmmakers do what they can with it, the way they visualize the city of Frank (the inhabitants refer to his brain as Cerebellum Hall, the armpits are where all of the evil bacteria and viruses hang out and veins are shown as busy highways) is somewhat clever but, again, entirely too fantastic to exist in the real world. And then when these wholly disparate worlds collide, and the animated micro-organisms are literally travelling from one person to another AND THEN BACK AGAIN via phlegm and tears in the real world...well, that's when the impossible becomes TOTALLY LUDICROUS.
And it doesn't help that all of the live-action actors (notably Murray, Molly Shannon and Chris Elliott) appear to just be collecting paychecks. Murray has achieved a new low here...I enjoyed his recent turns in `Rushmore' and `Charlie's Angels' but this is just plain embarrassing for him. The Farrelly brothers just must've told him to be as disgusting and slovenly as possible, which is fine I guess but that's all he has to do in this and what a waste of his talent. And the result is we just don't care about his character...he's repugnant and an idiot. So what if the Thrax (the virus) causes him to die? The audience feels no sympathy towards Murray and that is the fatal flaw of the film.
And really, I expected more of Rock...there are a couple of scenes where it looks like he was able to improvise and do his thing but for the most part the filmmakers keep him on a pretty short leash and stick to the script, and I really think that an opportunity may have been missed there. Used properly, I think Rock could do great voice-overs for animated films.
Oh yeah, one more thing...why can't a comedic film come out without some dumb film parody in it? You've seen the action in the Matrix parodied a million times already...well add another attempt (very feeble at that) to the list. It's really getting annoying, and pedestrian animated films like this one really have no new insights to add as far as that parody goes. They should leave that to more insightful programs such as Simpsons and South Park.
One final note...I had this weird feeling when I walked out of the theater...as if the film just didn't work, and I knew the movie reminded me of another, but I couldn't remember what at first. Then it came to me...remember `The Last Action Hero'? That film left me with that same feeling, because Arnold Schwarzenneggar plays the role of a movie character that comes to life in the real world. It was just totally impossible to believe and renders the film - no matter how well it's done and how well everything else is conceived - toothless. And Osmosis Jones falls flat for the same reason. Audiences can suspend their disbelief...but only to a certain point....more info
Great! It came just when I needed it for my class!
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Entertaining for kids As a Biology teacher I am always on the lookout for entertaining movies that allow me to bring real science into the classroom. Osmosis Jones has enough Human Biology to justify showing it, but I did not find it very interesting or factually relevant. Some students enjoyed it, but others were bored (the animation keeps it juvenile)....more info
Very creative! What can you say about this movie? It's fun, hilarious and just
plain enjoyable. This is one of Chris Rock's better films.
Even though it's gross in some scenes it's still fun to watch.
It's really for older kids. I wish there was a second one!
Granted, it didn't do too well in theatres but it's still
a hilarious cop movie. ...more info
A sleeper this movie is a gross and drawn out method of teaching boddly up keep. i didnt like it and im sorry i bought it. although Bill Muarry have been in better films ...I think he discredit him-self here. I dont think people want to spend thier money on a movie to tell them about the insides of thier bodies......more info
A smart animated movie Most people immediatly write this film off as a "gross out" movie, when in fact it's actually quite smart. They really go in depth with the inner workings of the body, and are pretty dead on scientifically. As someone who is very interested in anatomy and the body, I throughly enjoyed this movie....more info
Great Animation and awesome characters! Okay, some peole think Osmosis Jones was a disgusting movie. Well, have you ever seen The Fly? That is ten times more disgusting. The characters for Osmosis Jones were original and captivating. My favorite was Thrax, the villain. The story line, though used many times for movies, was still a very good one. The animated parts were spectacular! The characters and backgrounds earned my applause. The live parts looked sadly underfunded and the movie would have done better without them. And to tell all of you "macho" people who won't see an animated movies just because they are cartoons, you guys miss out on the art of animation. This movie was a refreshing change to all those teen flicks and horror movies....more info
Be careful of what you eat... Frank (Bill Murray) is a slob of the highest order. His clothes are disheveled, his personal hygiene is awful, and his eating habits are -- well -- downright dangerous. On one occasion, Frank picks a dirty egg from the zoo grounds and eats it because it hasn't violated his 'ten-second' rule. In that egg, however, is a mean, deadly virus called Thrax (Laurence Fishburne) who intends to write a new page in medical history for himself and kill Frank in the process. Enter white blood cell detective Osmosis Jones (Chris Rock) and sidekick Drix, a super-hero-like cold pill, who set out to stop Thrax. A light-hearted movie, I would have said 'Osmosis Jones' would be appropriate for kids; however, some scenes are violent and intense enough to make me question that thought. Adults, however, may find some scenes amusing, but will probably think this movie is more for kids. Those comments aside, the movie may be able to make you think seriously about your eating habits; if it succeeds at doing that for you or for anyone, it must be praised....more info