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Bee Movie

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I'd give Bee Movie a grade somewhere between a B (pun intended) and a C. It's not amazing adult fare but kids are almost certain to enjoy it.

Comedian Jerry Seinfeld co-wrote the script and stars as young bee Barry B. Benson, a recent college grad who realizes he's about to select a single job he'll be doing for the rest of his life. Against the urging of his childhood pal, Adam (Matthew Broderick), Barry temporarily escapes the hive and befriends a local bee-friendly florist (Renee Zellweger). In doing so, he realizes big business has been stealing honey from his kind for years and brings a lawsuit against humankind.

This is yet another DreamWorks Animation project, and as usual, the computer-generated images are a feast for the eyes. But Seinfeld's writing, no longer the risque fodder he used in his long-running television program, is now a little more clever than funny. Seinfeld's been away from the spotlight for a while, so it's fun to hear from him again, but his voice isn't necessarily best-suited for cartoons. Additionally, many of the supporting actors' voices (Broderick, Patrick Warburton, John Goodman, Chris Rock) are used in many other animated films, and the insect world was well-represented a decade ago in A Bug's Life and Antz.

The 90-minute film is definitely kid-friendly (outside of one ill-conceived line about a suicide pact), but if you're going to catch one segment, parents, make it the final 20 minutes or so; they have the best pace and humor.

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