Review: Literal guinea pigs transform into spies in G-Force

G-Force is a Disney kid flick given the Transformers' "bigger and louder is better" treatment. And that makes sense, since this live-action/animation hybrid is produced by Jerry Bruckheimer, a master at crafting bombastic but entertaining film and television fare.

Good-natured if rumpled Dr. Ben Kendall (Zach Galifianakis) is the mastermind behind G-Force, a top-secret government program designed to transform animals into spies. Yes, he's tricked out a bunch of guinea pigs and other creatures (voiced by Sam Rockwell, Tracy Morgan, Penelope Cruz and Nicolas Cage) with James Bond-esque gadgets and gizmos and vehicles, and even developed a technology that lets them communicate in English with humans. And when a nefarious plot concocted by an evil industrialist (Bill Nighy) veers off in unforeseen directions, it's up to G-Force to save the day.

So what do we get for our money? Lots of explosions, stunningly convincing visual effects, quips that range from lame to amusing, a poopy joke or two and eye-popping 3-D. Adults, if they're not immersed in playing a game on their iPods, might marvel at the 3-D or at least get a kick out of guessing who's voicing that guinea pig, hamster, mole or fly.

Or, come to think of it, they might just shake their heads in mild annoyance every time strains of Latin music herald an appearance by the guinea pig Juarez (Cruz).

At the end of the day, though, G-Force is for kids, and it'll hit the mark for the younger set. It's cute, amusing, fast-paced, laced with positive messages about teamwork, and, hey, they'll laugh out loud at the poopy jokes.

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