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The Nut Job

Disclosure: I received product to facilitate this review.  All opinions expressed are 100% my own.

As a mom, there's nothing better than spending time with Moo and JJ.  They're getting to that where they don't want me hovering over them quite as much.  However, one thing that I doubt will change anytime soon is their love our family movie nights.  We do movie night at least once a week and they absolutely look forward to it.  Last week, I surprised them The Nut Job!

Moo is a sucker for any kind of animated movie that has animals in it.  And we've seen the commercials for The Nut Job like million times and she had been asking if we could see it.  Plus, I have to admit that I enjoy a good animated movie from time to time myself and this one looked like it would be something that I would enjoy as well.  So, when I got asked if I was interested in receiving a copy, I was like "Heck yea!"  So, what did we love about the movie?

Kid Appropriate

In today's society, it's getting harder and harder to find movies and shows that are appropriate for kids to watch, especially younger children.  Moo is 5 and JJ is almost 3.  I'm sure I don't have to tell you that a lot of shows and movies created for children now days have been slightly tainted with adult content such as overly suggestive jokes, overuse of violence and more.  It was refreshing to find that The Nut Job had none of those. 

 From start to finish, it was a good clean movie.  I didn't have to mute or fast forward through anything.  That was a good thing because once JJ gets into a movie, if you pause it or fast forward or rewind it, he gets really upset.  It disturbs his vibe.  And I'm glad he was able to watch it all way through without any disturbances. 


The Nut Job is pretty much a movie about Surly, a squirrel who is on a quest to guessed it, nuts!  However, he's not the only one on that quest.  The rest of animals in the park are on the same quest.  They need enough food to last throughout the Winter.  So, Grayson and Andie are chosen for the challenge of hunting down enough nuts for everybody to share.  However, this quest proves to be anything but easy for all parties.

We were so keeping our fingers crossed that this movie would be funny.  After all with a title like The Nut Job, how could you expect anything less?  Well, it was funny.  There are definitely some great laughs in this movie.  My favorite funny scene, or scenes I should say, are at the beginning of the movie and involve a runaway nut cart.  I don't give too much way.  Moo and JJ's favorite funny moments are almost all the scenes involving Precious, the pug.

Life Lessons

While The Nut Job was funny, there were also some lessons to be learned in this movie as well.  Yes, I'm that mom who uses movies to talk to her children about life lessons.  I feel like it's never to early to start schooling Moo and JJ about some of the challenges they will face.  And it helps when I have examples that they can understand.  One of the biggest, lessons of this movie was to never give up on doing the right thing no matter who pressures you to do otherwise.  

Again without giving away any spoilers, one of the characters in this movie has a hidden agenda and manipulates others to join in on his scheming.  I loved that Moo asked questions about why said character would want to do his friends wrong.  "Doesn't he care about his friends, Mommy?" she asked me.  And without getting too deep, I explained to her that sometimes greed and power can cause us to turn our backs on those who care about us the most.

Overall, we greatly enjoyed The Nut Job.  I do recommend it for those of you who looking for a great family movie.  You can purchase a Digital HD copy today from various retailers.  Check out the list here.  And the Blu Ray and DVD copies will be available on April 15th, but you can pre-order from any of the retailers listed here.  You can also enter below using the Rafflecopter form for a chance to win your own copy.  Contest ends next Tuesday, April 15th at 11:59 PM!

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  1. I wanted to see this. I love children's movies. I think I'm going to pick up the movie off of amazon. Great review.

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  3. Cool. I'll be checking for it when it is released, I'm always looking for good family movies for our movie nights. You are so right about overt adult jokes in "children" movies today. I'm open to other movie suggestions also. :-) Thanks. xoxo

  4. I love a movie that my kids and I can learn from. Lion King was a great movie with some lessons too. I will have to check this movie out

  5. I love toy story as it is so cute will all the toys

  6. I'm really not sure what my favorite is. That's a tough one, but I am leaning towards UP and Tangled. But that could change tomorrow! So many good ones to choose from.

  7. We've been liking Despicable Me 2 lately. Some less-great parts, but we like it!

  8. I'm a hard-core Toy Story fan. Love the humor that's slipped in there for the grown ups! ;) Great review.