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The Country Bears

Genre: Kids and Family, Comedy; Starring: Haley Joel Osment, Brad Garrett, Don Henley, Elton John, Queen Latifah, Eli Marienthal, Willie Nelson, Stephen Tobolowsky, Christopher Walken; Director: Peter Hastings; Release Date Wide: 07/26/2002; Runtime (in minutes): 88; MPAA Rating: G; Distributor: Walt Disney Pictures

I always loved the Country Bear Jamboree show at Disney World. Maybe it’s just because I’m a sucker for old-school animatronics. Yet, after sitting through the big-screen adaptation, I now just feel like a sucker. The plot centers on the furry fellas’ reuniting to save their old concert hall from an evil banker (Walken), but the story moves so slowly and the production numbers are so inane, you’ll find it increasingly difficult to either grin or bear it.

Originally posted January 3 2003 — 12:00 AM EST

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