Stuart Little 2
E.B. White’s lovable, human-like mouse, Stuart Little, returns in this sequel to the very popular 1999 film. Although he’s living with his adoptive parents, Eleanor and Frederick Little (Geena Davis and Hugh Laurie), and their young son, George (Jonathan Lipnicki), Stuart (voice of Michael J. Fox) feels rather lonely until a small yellow bird drops into his miniature red convertible. Immediately smitten by Margalo (voiced by Melanie Griffith), the cute young chickadee, Stuart takes her to his home.
Stuart and Margalo become great friends and the Little family treats her just like one of their own. But it seems a vicious falcon (voiced by James Woods) forces Margalo to steal jewelry from affluent families. So, Margalo faces a real dilemma since she has grown close to the Littles and doesn’t want to steal from them. When Margalo disappears, Stuart and the family cat, Snowbell (voiced by Nathan Lane), take off on a grand adventure to find her. This leads to plenty of harrowing, as well as hilarious, experiences as they search high and low in the city to find the missing bird.
The action in the film becomes intense at times, with threatening chases; Stuart falls from a building into a garbage truck; there are aerial battles with the falcon and even a violent death. Some comical references are made to animal poop and a kitty litter experience, which along with moderate violence account for the PG rating. Children will delight in this fun adventure and adults will get some laughs from the comical, dry wit of Snowbell. Although the dialogue has some mild, off-color humor and some intense action, “Stuart Little 2” may still be appropriate for ages 6 and older.