New in Theaters Review: Madagascar Escape 2 Africa starring Ben Stiller, Chris Rock, David Schwimmer, and Jada Pinkett – Smith

This past weekend the movie Madagascar: Escape 2 Africa came out and everyone from the first hit movie was there for a second helping of funny. Just to brush you up on the story. In the first one, four animals from the Central Park Zoo, Alex the Lion (Ben Stiller), Marty the Zebra (Chris Rock), Melman the Giraffe (David Schwimmer) and Gloria the Hippopotamus (Jada Pinkett–Smith) escaped from the zoo and when they get captured are sent away on freight to Africa. They fall off the ship and end up in Madagascar. Well in this one, along with the help from their friends the penguins, who also left the zoo and are in Madagascar, they hatch up a plan to get back to New York on a plane that was wrecked on the island.

Coming along for the trip are King Julian the Lema (Sacha Baron Cohen), his trusted side kick Maurice (Cedric the Entertainer), and of course the very intelligent monkeys. They have a good take off and everything seems to be going their way, until the plane runs out of gas and they crash land, in where else but Africa. Once there our four animal friends discover that this is the place they are all descendants from. They all go off to join their own species, while the penguins try to repair the plane.

This movie is a great family movie, parents will love just as much as the kids. The story teaches kids about acceptance, friendship, individuality, and not taking people for granted. It also teaches that the love of your life may be right in your face and you never realize it. On top of all that it’s hilarious. It’s a fast paced movie that never stops the laughs beginning to end. Of course, there are a couple of songs thrown in to keep your feet tapping. I really recommend this movie for all ages, if you don’t have kids and just want to laugh again like a kid, go see it. If you have kids they will walk out thanking you, and talking about all the funny parts they liked. Trust me I am not alone in my judgment of this movie, it made 63.5 million this first weekend alone. I give it 3 old ladies out of 4. (Wink) The movie ran 1 hour and 29mins. It’s rated PG for some mild crude humor. It was written by Etan Cohen, Eric Darnell, and Tom McGrath. It was directed by Eric Darnell & Tom McGrath. It was produced by PDI/DreamWorks. It was distributed by DreamWorks, Paramount Pictures.

Some times home, is where you make it. Ezo
Next week’s movie: Quantum Of Solace