“Sonic the Hedgehog” (Paramount)
By Catholic News Service
There’s something oddly mechanical and even maladroit about this adaptation of the Sega videogame.
On a lengthy road trip from rural Montana to San Francisco, the super-speedy extraterrestrial character of the title (voice of Ben Schwartz) interacts with various humans, most prominently a sheriff (James Marsden) he’s befriended, while being pursued by his nemesis, a mad scientist (Jim Carrey). Onto this mix of animation and live action has been larded considerable sentiment in the form of a subplot involving the protagonist’s improbable yearning to belong to a family.
Director Jeff Fowler’s film doesn’t constitute original comedy gold, but children should find some level of fascination.
Intense action sequences, a single scatological reference. The Catholic News Service classification is A-II – adults and adolescents. The Motion Picture Association rating is PG — parental guidance suggested. Some material may not be suitable for children.