Beasts of Burden

Incredible Bulks in Parent Traps


Bruce (Banner) almighty: the new, sensitive, all-digi Hulk
photo: ILM/Universal Studios
Bruce (Banner) almighty: the new, sensitive, all-digi Hulk

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The Hulk
Directed by Ang Lee
Written by John Turman and Michael France and James Schamus
Universal
Opens June 20

The Legend of Suriyothai
Directed by Prince Chatri Chalerm Yukol
Written by Yukol and Sunait Chutintaranond
Sony Pictures Classics
Opens June 20, at the Sunshine

Rugrats Go Wild
Directed by Norton Virgien and John Eng
Written by Kate Boutilier
Paramount/Nickelodeon
In release

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Fortunately, it's tough to j'accuse Rugrats Go Wild, in which the malapropism-spewing toddlers go on a family vacation run amok (the first 20 minutes quotes from dozens of parent-familiar movies, from The Poseidon Adventureto Planet of the Apes) and end up shipwrecked on the same island as the wildlife-documenting Wild Thornberrys. As matinee probations go, the movie's tainted by too many bad songs and too much of Bruce Willis, who provides the inappropriately smug voice for the Rugrats' befuddled dog, Spike, who can talk now because Eliza Thornberry can hear him. Having 20 confined characters to utilize in less than 90 minutes leaves Eliza and Tommy Pickles, for two, shortchanged. Kids may not pay attention to the restoration of John Waters's old Odorama gag—with your ticket, you get scratch 'n' sniff cards faintly reeking of root beer, peanut butter, and fish. Otherwise, this third outing hits its moment of painful maturation with diaper hedonist Phil, bidding adieu to his addiction to gobbling insects: "If I'd a known the last bug I eats was gonna be the last bug I eats . . . I woulda eats it slower."

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