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Lemony Snicket's A Series of Unfortunate Events
Jim Carrey and Meryl Streep




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Directed by Brad Siberling, LEMONY SNICKET'S A SERIES OF UNFORTUNATE EVENTS follows the Baudelaire orphans--Violet (Emily Browning), Klaus (Liam Aiken), and baby Sunny (played by twins Kara and Shelby Hoffman)--as they are followed by the wicked Count Olaf (Jim Carrey). A distant relative and an awful actor, Olaf is determined to claim the fortune willed to Violet, Klaus, and Sunny, whose parents died in a mysterious fire. Enigmatic author Lemony Snicket (Jude Law) recounts the adventures of the three children as they change hands from the conniving Olaf to the reptile-loving Uncle Monty (Billy Connolly) to Aunt Josephine (Meryl Steep), who lives in fear of just about everything. An adaptation that condenses the first three books in the series--THE BAD BEGINNING, THE REPTILE ROOM, and THE WIDE WINDOW--into one installment, the film captures the darkly humorous tone of the popular children's novels by Lemony Snicket (AKA Daniel Handler). Carrey clearly has fun with his intentionally over-the-top role as the villain, while the young actors embody their resourceful characters wonderfully. The true star of the film, however, may be the production design of Rick Heinrichs (SLEEPY HOLLOW), which creates a visually stunning world filled with gothic mansions and ramshackle houses. By keeping the heart of the eccentric books intact, A SERIES OF UNFORTUNATE EVENTS proves to be an usually inventive and quirky Hollywood film.

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Overview

Directed by Brad Siberling, LEMONY SNICKET'S A SERIES OF UNFORTUNATE EVENTS follows the Baudelaire orphans--Violet (Emily Browning), Klaus (Liam Aiken), and baby Sunny (played by twins Kara and Shelby Hoffman)--as they are followed by the wicked Count Olaf (Jim Carrey). A distant relative and an awful actor, Olaf is determined to claim the fortune willed to Violet, Klaus, and Sunny, whose parents died in a mysterious fire. Enigmatic author Lemony Snicket (Jude Law) recounts the adventures of the three children as they change hands from the conniving Olaf to the reptile-loving Uncle Monty (Billy Connolly) to Aunt Josephine (Meryl Steep), who lives in fear of just about everything. An adaptation that condenses the first three books in the series--THE BAD BEGINNING, THE REPTILE ROOM, and THE WIDE WINDOW--into one installment, the film captures the darkly humorous tone of the popular children's novels by Lemony Snicket (AKA Daniel Handler). Carrey clearly has fun with his intentionally over-the-top role as the villain, while the young actors embody their resourceful characters wonderfully. The true star of the film, however, may be the production design of Rick Heinrichs (SLEEPY HOLLOW), which creates a visually stunning world filled with gothic mansions and ramshackle houses. By keeping the heart of the eccentric books intact, A SERIES OF UNFORTUNATE EVENTS proves to be an usually inventive and quirky Hollywood film.

Main Cast & Crew

Brad Silberling - Director
Jim Carrey
Meryl Streep
Jude Law (voice)
Liam Aiken
Emily Browning
Billy Connolly
Jennifer Coolidge
Jane Adams
Craig Ferguson
Jamie Harris

 

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Blu-Ray Disc Format
  • Format: Blu-ray
  • Run Time: 113
  • Color Format: Color
  • UPC: 032429257444
  • Genre: Family
  • Rating: PG (MPAA) (thematic elements, scary situations and brief language)
  • Release Date: April 2005

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Movies > Science-Fiction/Fantasy

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Adventure
Fantasy
Theatrical Release
Children's Stories
Based On A Novel

 

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Reviews:
"[A] visually arresting and entertaining romp..." - 12/28/2004 USA Today, p.4D


"[T]he kids are excellent, imbuing characters who could have been ciphers with a sense of sadness..." - 02/01/2005 Sight and Sound, p.57-8


"[T]he real triumphs of the film are Emily Browning and Liam Aiken, who play Violet and Klaus Baudelaire with grace, assuredness, and a commendable lack of cuteness." - 06/01/2005 Premiere, p.126

 

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