From the director who brought you those belching Budweiser frogs comes a technically dazzling children's comedy with a serious identity crisis. Gore Verbinski's first feature would like to be a kiddie crowd-pleaser -- HOME ALONE, maybe, but with cute vermin --
but its morbid humor, coarse language and surprising lewdness render it fairly inappropriate for a large segment of the audience who would gladly sit through a movie about a little mouse who lives in a big house. After the death of string manufacturer Rudolf Smuntz (the late William Hickey, who
seems to be drawing his own last breaths onscreen), his two sons -- cantakerous restauranteur Ernie Smuntz (Nathan L...