Rio 2 movie poster

"Happy wife, happy life" is the aphorism that drives Spix Macaw Blue (Jesse Eisenberg) to leave the domesticated bliss of Rio and take his family up the Amazon in search of some more birds of a feather. He finds them, and quickly learns another marital truism: you don't just marry a girl, you marry her family, her past, her...hey, remember Meet the Parents? The only vivifying sparks come from the consuming hatred of Nigel the now-flightless cockatoo and the biologically prohibited love of his would-be paramour, Gabi the poison dart frog. Everything else is processed exotica and hip-hop/world-beat lite, except maybe for the animator's eye for large-scale vistas. Featuring the voices of Anne Hathaway, will.i.am, Jamie Foxx, George Lopez, Tracy Morgan, Leslie Mann, Bruno Mars, Kristin Chenowith, Jermaine Clement, and the inimitable Andy Garcia as Pop-Pop, the tough old bird who rules the tribe. Yes, "tribe." 2014.

Matthew Lickona

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