Wednesday, August 8, 2012


 Animated action\adventure

Ray Romano: Manny, a mammoth
Queen Latifah: his mate Ellie
Keke Palmer: their teenage daughter Peaches
Aubrey Graham: Ethan
Josh Gad: Louis
John Leguzamo: Sid the sloth
Wanda Sykes: Sid’s Granny
Denis Leary: Diego, a saber-toothed tiger
Josh Peck: Eddie
Peter Dinklage: Captain Gutt, a primate
Jeffifer Lopez: First Mate Shira, a saber-toothed tiger

The fourth in a series (and hopefully the last) overstays its welcome by at least 90 minutes, with only Scrat the saber-tooth squirrel providing any original and/or funny material. The rest of the film comprises recyled themes and images seen at least once in the preceeding three installments amidst lame jokes (groaners at best) and slapstick frantic action.

This mayhem will no doubt please the kids but the rest of us will find it trite. As for the splitting apart of the earth it is too frightening for the young ones (under 5 I’d say) but that does not seem to be of any concern of the producers. And the thrashing dealt upon poor Granny shouldn’t be witnessed by anyone, much less by the target audience.

 for mild rude humour and action/peril.

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