Cinema Consults: FINDING NEMO

Physician's Money Digest, December15 2003, Volume 10, Issue 23

This film, which can be rentedfrom your local video store, israted on a scale of 1 to 4 caducei:

FINDING NEMO

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FindingNemo

(2003):Around this time ofyear, I like to reviewa family film thateveryone can enjoytogether. I have decidedto take theadvice of a fellowfilm critic (and my co-critic),Dr. Carl Henriquez,in recommending Pixar's . This movie follows the adventuresof Marlin (voiced by AlbertBrooks), a clown fish in search of hisson Nemo (voiced by AlexanderGould). Young Nemo has the misfortuneof being captured and placed inthe aquarium of a dentist. Marlin isthus forced to face his fears andbrave many dangers to locate andrescue his son. He is joined by acheerful Regal Blue Tang namedDory (voiced by Ellen DeGeneres),who suffers from short-term memoryloss. The animation is beautiful andthe characters, including the motleycrew that occupies Nemo's aquarium,are quite memorable. The skillof the animators alone should warrantan Oscar® nod for this movie.The script drags a bit, however, sodon't eat too much turkey beforeputting this in the VCR or DVDplayer; some adults have been knownto snooze through the long jauntsacross the deep blue ocean. Children,however, will embrace the sillinessand the heart-warming plot, which isdriven by family, friendship, and triumphover personal barriers.

Rating: 2 1/2

Lisa A. Tomaszewski, managing editorof Physician's Money Digest, is currentlyworking on her PhD in literature atDrew University in New Jersey. She isan avid fan of film and has taught asummer film course at FairleighDickinson University. She welcomesquestions, comments, or suggestions forfuture film reviews at 732-656-1140ext 195 or ltomaszewski@mwc.com.