The Borrowers

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"Little People. Big Trouble. Lots of fun."
  • PG
  • 1998
  • 1 hr 29 min
  • 5.9  (23,495)

The movie "The Borrowers," released in 1997, is a live-action adaptation of the classic children's novel of the same name by Mary Norton. The film is set in a charming English countryside village and centers around the adventures of a family of tiny, four-inch-high people called "Borrowers." The Borrowers, led by Arrietty Clock (Flora Newbigin), live underneath the floorboards of a big old house inhabited by a couple of humans, the Lender family. The Borrowers, including Arrietty's parents, Pod (Jim Broadbent) and Homily (Celia Imrie), and her spirited and adventurous great-uncle, Hendreary (Mark Williams), live a quiet life, only emerging at night to "borrow" small items like pins, paperclips, and sugar cubes from the humans above.

Their peaceful existence is disrupted when the Lender family hires a scheming and unscrupulous lawyer, Ocious P. Potter (John Goodman), to sell the house. Potter uncovers the presence of the Borrowers and hatches a plan to capture them and sell them to the highest bidder. Arrietty and her family must use all their cunning and resourcefulness to evade Potter and his henchmen, led by his bumbling sidekick, Exterminator Jeff (Hugh Laurie).

The movie is a charming and whimsical adventure story that kids and adults alike will enjoy. The world of the Borrowers is beautifully crafted, with intricate miniature sets, clever visual effects, and a delightful attention to detail. Director Peter Hewitt (known for "Bill & Ted's Bogus Journey" and "Thunderpants") does an excellent job of bringing the Borrowers' world to life on the big screen.

The performances are all excellent, with special kudos to John Goodman for his wickedly funny turn as the villainous Potter. Jim Broadbent and Mark Williams also shine as Pod and Hendreary, respectively, providing much of the movie's humor and heart. The child actors, Flora Newbigin and Tom Felton (who plays the Lenders' son, Peagreen), are both fantastic as well, bringing a sense of wonder and innocence to the story.

Overall, "The Borrowers" is a delightful family movie that captures the spirit of the beloved book that inspired it. With its charming characters, inventive visuals, and thrilling adventure, it's the perfect movie for a family movie night or a rainy day. So grab some popcorn, curl up on the couch, and get ready to be transported to the magical world of the Borrowers.

The Borrowers is a 1998 adventure movie with a runtime of 1 hour and 29 minutes. It has received moderate reviews from critics and viewers, who have given it an IMDb score of 5.9.

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    1 hr 29 min
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    5.9  (23,495)