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Title: Lemony Snicket

Year Of Release: 2004

Review Date: August 31, 2008

Rating: PG

Running time: 107 minutes

Box Office Gross: $209,073,645

Site Rating: 6 out of 10 stars

The film opens having you thinking that the parents of the fictional Baudelaire family, passed away in a suspicious house fire, leaving the kids orphans.

They are first placed with their evil relative, Count Olaf, played by Jim Carrey. Olaf, undertakes the guardianship, with the sole intent to inherit the Baudelaire fortune.

He treats the children terribly, makes them do pages of chores per day, even tries to kill them by locking them in a car, he conveniently placed on a train track. The name of this movie should have been "Child Abuse." These "unfortunate events" leave the children no other choice than to unmask him.

When they are removed from his care for that incident, labeled negligence, in a series of new events, they are placed with other relatives.

One by one, Olaf stalks the new guardians, then destroys them, with the hope the orphans' vast fortune would be his for the plundering.

Using evil accomplices that comprise his acting troupe, Olaf terrorizes and harasses the children, all whilst trying to kill them. This movie is a reminder of the Bible phrase, "The love of money is the root of all evil."

Here is an able bodied man, Olaf, with the ability to work to pay his way in life, yet he sits around plotting and trying to plunder other people’s fortunes, through acts of cruelty and greed, going to terrible extremes, even attempted murder.

Throughout the entire movie, the children tried to warn the adults that Olaf was an evil person, engaging in terrible misdeeds, but they did not listen, opting to try to explain away every odd and wicked event that mysteriously kept coming from the same source, Olaf.

Spoiler: in the end Olaf got what he deserved. He was sentenced to suffer all the cruel things he had brought upon the children, illustrating another Bible adage, “You reap what you sow.”

The acting in this film was very good. The sets were nice and so were the costumes. However, many may mistakenly believe this film is suitable for children, when in many ways it is not.

There is a significant amount of violence, strange themes, like a 14-year-old marrying a 50-year-old and a few crude sexual jokes. This is hardly a kids’ film. Not to mention, it is quite sad, and may leave kids feeling a bit glum.

Note: because this movie was released at Christmas, I thought it was a holiday film, but it's not.


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