Bee Movie (2007, USA) C-90m. *** D: Steve Hickner, Simon J. Smith. Starring (the voices of) Jerry Seinfeld, Renée Zellweger, Matthew Broderick, Patrick Warburton, John Goodman, Chris Rock, Kathy Bates, Barry Levinson, Larry King, Ray Liotta, Sting, Oprah Winfrey, Megan Mullally, Rip Torn, Jim Cummings. Animated blockbuster from Dreamworks about a simple bee (Seinfeld) who doesn't want to be one of zillion honey workers and dreams of greater things. On a trip through New York City he befriends florist Zellweger, who can't believe that bees can talk (can you?). It all comes down to a court hearing where it's humans vs. bees. If you can get past the movie's silly plot twists and implausibilities, you'll be wonderfully entertained, because it has a lot of funny scenes, and that's what counts in this genre. Animation is first-rate, too.

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