From the producers of the comedy smash Deuce Bigalow comes The Animal, about a small, wimpy Marvin, who doesn’t have what it takes to fulfill his lifelong dream to be a cop. But his luck changes when he’s critically injured in a car accident and a deranged scientist secretly uses animal organs to rebuild him. Energized by his new parts, Marvin leaves his weakness behind and achieves instant fame as a supercop. Now a hero, life is going great for Marvin until his animal instincts start taking over his body at all the wrong times. Marvin struggles to remain civilized and be a perfect gentleman with his new love, Rianna in a series of hilarious situations that would drive any animal crazy.
Dean Kish, Comingsoon.net
User Reviews: Okay, let’s start with this: it was written by the guy who has written episodes of "The Simpsons". This tells us it is a comedy. It stars Rob Schneider. This, too, tells us it is a comedy. It also stars Colleen Haskel, who was the forgotten "Survivor" of the TV show. This, tells us that the movie is not a comedy. It tells us it is a director and writer combination that wants desperately to be the Adam Sandler movies from the early 90’s. The movies I am referring to are BILLY MADISON, HAPPY GILMORE, THE WEDDING SINGER and BIG DADDY. These, right here, were the movies that started the trend. And now every single star of SNL just has to have thier own movie.
Aside from the not-so-good DEUCE BIGALOW: MALE GIGOLO, this is Schneider’s big moment. We even had Chris Farley doing his movies (good movies, I might add) back in the very early 90’s that even dragged David Spade along for the ride. Now that Farley is gone, Spade has to have his own movies. This brought us the terrible JOE DIRT. What brought us THE ANIMAL? Answer: Tom Brady. Again, the guy who wrote episodes of "The Simpsons" is the man responsible for this atrocity of a comedy that IS sometimes funny, I will admit. Director Luke Greenfield was also pretty unexperienced, as some of his only other film credits are attributed to a ‘Swimsuit’ video made for Sports Illustrated, I think.
Edward Asner (the guy from HARD RAIN) was hardly in the movie at all. His scenes mainly consist of him entering a room as if he wanted to talk about something and sees somebody doing something stupid and then he delivers an un-funny one-liner and then just walks back out again. The end of the movie is what saves it. The whole end of the movie is comedic brilliance. It is very funny (I never thought I would say that about this movie) and is actually entertaining. The whole end of the movie made me actually want to see more. But, since this was the end of the movie, this did not happen.
While the movie was not all good, it was not all bad either. It was ordinary and just plain average. It is a good comedy, one to take off the shelf every now and then when you are in the mood for something different or for something you haven’t seen for a while. THE ANIMAL gets 3/5.