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Movie reviews -- SpongeBob SquarePants; Testosterone

Published November 19, 2004 12:01 am

This is an archived article that was published on sltrib.com in 2004, and information in the article may be outdated. It is provided only for personal research purposes and may not be reprinted.

The SpongeBob

SquarePants Movie

Rated PG for some mild crude humor; 82 minutes; opening today everywhere.

Nickelodeon's pop-eyed yellow undersea hero (voiced by Tom Kenny) hits the big screen with his childlike optimism undimmed, even if the storyline - recovering the crown of King Neptune (voiced by Jeffrey Tambor) and thwarting the evil Plankton's latest scheme to rule Bikini Bottom - is stretched thinner than the cheese on a Krabby Patty. But creator Stephen Hillenberg re-creates the TV show's surrealist humor, such as the gloriously weird scene of SpongeBob battling Plankton's hired goon (voiced by Alec Baldwin) on the hairy back of a live-action David Hasselhoff. Little kids may be spooked by the movie's darker passages, but everyone else will soak up the laughs.

Testosterone

Not rated, but probably R for sexual situations, nudity, some violence and language; 102 minutes; opening today at the Tower Theatre.

Graphic novelist Dean (David Sutcliffe) wants his boyfriend Pablo (Antonio Sabato Jr.) back, and goes all the way to Buenos Aires to find him - landing in a stew of political intrigue involving Pablo's well-connected mother (Sonia Braga) and a very observant cafe waitress (Celina Font). As Dean veers dangerously into bloody revenge fantasy, director/co-writer David Moreton (“Edge of Seventeen”) drives this story unsteadily from gay romantic comedy to comic-book noir. The male characters are bland, a fatal flaw for a gay movie, while the women - Font, Braga and a sexier-than-usual Jennifer Coolidge as Dean's tough-talking agent - steal the show.