Steve Simels
January 13, 1995 AT 05:00 AM EST

North

type
Movie
Current Status
In Season
mpaa
PG
performer
Bruce Willis, Elijah Wood, Kathy Bates, Julia Louis-Dreyfus
director
Rob Reiner
genre
Comedy, Sci-fi and Fantasy

We gave it a D

Director Rob Reiner’s commercial instincts have been so surefooted over the years that the colossal ickiness of this recent effort is confounding. A ridiculously obvious satirical fable about a sixth grader on a global quest to find a new set of parents, North is lousy with cultural stereotypes (obnoxious Texans, at-one-with-nature Eskimos), and top-heavy with gratuitous celebrity casting (Reba McEntire? Abe Vigoda?). As an addition to a mercifully underpopulated genre — the-Bugsy-Malone-kids-acting-like-adults film — this may have some merit, but it’s hard to imagine what the erstwhile Meathead was thinking when he made it. D

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