Stephen and I took Sarah (his daughter) to see Madagascar this afternoon. It was okay. I wasn’t expecting much – in fact, I was expecting that the trailer gave away all the funny bits. I wasn’t far wrong – the trailer gave away half the funny bits. The other funny bits all came from Sacha Baron Cohen (better known as Ali G). His character was utterly hysterical. The stars of the movie (voiced by Ben Stiller, Chris Rock, Jada Pinkett Smith and David Schwimmer) really weren’t very funny at all. What is it with David Schwimmer, anyway? That guy’s voice inspires in me the urge to punch him. Repeatedly. Anyway, performances aside, the movie has some serious problems with pacing. We’re talking 20 minute long stretches of utter boredom problems. Multiple 20 minute long stretches of abject boredom. In an 80 minute film. Bad screenwriter! No cookie for you! If you do see it, stick around for the “music video” during the end credits – it’s about the funniest thing in the film.

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