Rhythm & Hues
Owen Gleiberman
July 28, 2012 AT 04:00 AM EDT

Hop

type
Movie
Current Status
In Season
mpaa
PG
runtime
95 minutes
Wide Release Date
04/01/11
performer
Russell Brand, James Marsden, Elizabeth Perkins
director
Tim Hill
distributor
Universal Pictures
author
Ken Daurio, Brian Lynch, Cinco Paul
genre
Animation, Kids and Family, Comedy

We gave it a D

It’s Alvin and the Chipmunks with only one chipmunk, and (if possible) even less fun. In an Easter variation on a bad high-concept Christmas movie, E.B. (Russell Brand), a rascally rabbit who’s reluctant to assume his role as the next Easter Bunny, escapes from his family’s chocolate-egg factory on Easter Island (are you laughing yet?) and lands in L.A. There he makes life unbearable for fellow slacker Fred (James Marsden, who looks like James Franco, but in this thankless part has none of Franco’s captivating quirks). E.B. just wants to play rock & roll, but how can you build an entire movie around Russell Brand as a naughty-cute rebel bunny — and then fail to give him a single good line? The makers of Hop have done it. D

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