Rated: PG

Distributed By:

Universal Pictures

Directed by:

Tim Hill (Alvin and the Chipmunks)

Starring:

James Marsden as Fred O'Hare; Kaley Cuoco as Samantha O'Hare; the voices of Russell Brand as E.B.; Hugh Laurie as E.B.'s Dad; Hank Azaria as Carlos

Adapted From:

Plugged In Online

Hop

It's two weeks before Easter, and Easter Island is abuzz with activity. In a high-tech underground compound, a small army of rabbits and chicks works frantically to manufacture all the candy and colored eggs the Easter Bunny will deliver on Easter morning. This year is even more momentous than usual because young E.B. is set to take over the role of Easter Bunny from his aging father.

There's only one problem: Doling out chocolate eggs and marshmallow chicks to children isn't E.B.'s cup o' carrots. No, he'd rather be a drummer in a rock band. So, like any self-absorbed young bunny, E.B. plunges into a rabbit hole en route to Hollywood, where he hopes to beat bongos professionally. Things seem to be looking up for E.B. when he almost gets run over by Fred O'Hare. But when an oversized chick named Carlos stages a coup back on Easter Island, E.B. has to decide whether he cares more about fame than he does his relationships with those closest to him.

Hop has quite a bit of cartoonish slapstick violence, including getting hit by a car and many other narrow escapes from death. The language and name-calling crosses the line numerous times. And there's a fair amount of potty humor. Unfortunately, there is much inappropriate adult content and few heavy metal songs on the soundtrack.

Not surprisingly, Hop completely avoids the true spiritual meaning of Easter. While in the end E.B. and Fred seem committed to giving up their selfish ways, much of Hop is merely about a bunny traipsing around Hollywood in meaningless, self-absorbed adventures.

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