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Gulliver's Travels is a terrible turkey of a movie

Jack Black’s latest film might be called <em>Gulliver’s Travels</em>, butthe only things it shares with Jonathan Swift’s masterful satire is thetitle, the land of little people named Lilliput, and a scene in whichGulliver uses his bladder to put out a fire.

Gulliver’s Travels
Director: Rob Letterman
Stars: Jack Black, Jason Segel, Amanda Peet
Rating: *

Jack Black’s latest film might be called Gulliver’s Travels, but the only things it shares with Jonathan Swift’s masterful satire is the title, the land of little people named Lilliput, and a scene in which Gulliver uses his bladder to put out a fire. Unless there’s a giant robot battle not available in most editions of the novel, it has to be assumed that no one involved with this production bothered to read it. Instead, they decided it would be a good idea to have a giant Jack Black play Guitar Hero and teach an 18th-century society about Star Wars. Somehow, against all odds, the final movie turned out to be even worse than that description sounds.

The once entertaining Jack Black hasn’t been able to find a project suited to his skills since School Of Rock, and it’s incredibly painful to watch him embarrass himself as a slacker mail clerk who is transported to Lilliput through the Bermuda Triangle (no exaggeration, that’s the actual plot). The abysmal movie is so misconceived, it’s hard to imagine even children being forgiving enough to find it entertaining. The studio seems to agree, tacking on an unnecessary 3D conversion to try and steal away as much money as possible from the poor souls who accidentally buy a ticket for this Christmas turkey.

 
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