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The Borrowers (2011)

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Based on Mary Norton’s beloved novels that have delighted generations, The Borrowers is a thrilling, fun-filled adventure through the exciting world of the little people who live under our floorboards. Arrietty Clock (Aisling Loftus, Mr. Selfridge) is a head-strong teenage Borrower whose parents, Pod (Christopher Eccleston, Doctor Who) and Homily (Sharon Horgan, Dead Boss), are terrified of the 'Human Beans' who live above them. Desperate for freedom and adventure, Arrietty sneaks out one night and befriends a lonely boy who lives upstairs. But Arrietty's adventure inadvertently reveals her family's existence to the scheming scientist Professor Mildeye (Stephen Fry, The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug), forcing them to go on the run into the big bad world. Enlisting the help of Spiller (Robert Sheehan, Misfits), a leather-jacketed Tearaway with a roguish glint in his eye, Arrietty embarks on a daring mission to outsmart Mildeye. Can the Clock family return to their home in time for Christmas?

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    • Actors: Christopher Eccleston, Sharon Horgan, Aisling Loftus, Robert Sheehan
    • Directors: Tom Harper
    • Writers: Ben Vanstone
    • Producers: Radford Neville
    • Format: Multiple Formats, Color, NTSC, Widescreen
    • Language: English (Dolby Digital 5.1)
    • Subtitles for the Hearing Impaired: English
    • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
    • Aspect Ratio: 1.78:1
    • Number of discs: 1
    • Rated: PG (Parental Guidance Suggested)
    • Studio: Universal Studios
    • DVD Release Date: October 8, 2013
    • Run Time: 88 minutes
    • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
    • ASIN: B00E3QJ89Q
    • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #66,508 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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    Mary Norton is the genius responsible for "The Borrowers" and it's a genius she created in 1951 and continued over three decades with four sequels. She established a story so strong that millions of people not only fell in love with these characters but they found they could not tolerate the change of plot or characters. The story centers around teenager Arriety, a five inch tall girl with parents named Pod and Homily. Circumstances having to do with Arriety speaking to a "Human Bean" cause a chain of events that change their lives, forcing them to move house, and, in this film, at a battle of wits with Mr. Wildeye (A small part in Norton's books, he is a gypsy, but a 2011 film must be politically correct and gypsies are no longer politically correct. Is this the result of their maltreatment by the public or their near eradication by the Nazi's?)

    The special effects in this film are period appropriate and are, therefore, better than the 1972 film with Dame Judith Anderson (at her best), Tammy Grimes and Eddie Albert. Those effects aside, that version remains the best performances. They certainly are not in this film.

    It is not the fault of the cast but rather a collection of screenwriters who bastardized the original story in an attempt to create something "fresh" for today's children (add a little more violence and competitive drive and any producer will believe he has the key) and then some of the blame deserves to go with the director, Tom Harper. The story itself takes on a mild feeling of The Borrowers Meet Rambo." Arriety and her family used intelligence and creativity to by-pass those human beings who were dangerous to them. This film seems to take away a lot of the wit, creativity and, sadly, character quirks that made each character so precious.
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    This is a movie based on The Borrowers books. If you are not determined to have the exact storylines that are in the books this is an enjoyable movie.
    The storyline tells of a boy whose mother has died and he and his father, who is trying to make money, are living with his grandmother. The grandmother knows she has little people stealing things and living under her floorboards. The borrower family consists of a father (Christopher Eccleston of Dr. Who fame) a mother and 16 year old daughter Arriety who has been sheltered and longs to get out of their little home. She does and inadvertently gives away their existence, but the boy is determined to protect them especially from Professor Mildeye who wants to prove the little peoples' existence.

    It is an adventure story with some family values thrown in. The special effects are okay and enough to enchant those who might enjoy the tale. It's one of those rare films- made for family viewing. It takes place at Christmas time, so could even serve as a Christmas movie.

    It does have English subtitles and is 1 hour and 28 minutes long. There are extras with the cast talking about their experiences with The Borrowers books and showing how the special effects were created. It's still a nice little film as long as you are not expecting a line by line storyline from the books.
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    By samantha on February 14, 2014
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    One of my new favorite Christmas movies now! Totally worth a watch. Love me some Robert Sheehan and Christopher Eccelson!
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    By jnell on February 1, 2014
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    The story line is very interesting, I bought it because it has Christopher Eccleston in it, he was my favorite Doctor in Doctor Who, but the story keeps you engrossed. Def worth buying and watching several times.
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    loved the whole concept of the movie, it was funny and it made me feel good inside when i spotted the character i loved the most it was Robert Sheehan , he is truly gifted
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