March of the Penguins

Director: Luc Jacquet
Year Released: 2005
Rating: 2.0

Just to be clear: there's nothing particularly wrong with this padded Discovery Channel feature - in fact, it's a technical feat for director Jacquet and his crew who had to live in flippin' Antarctica to film the penguins - but I've got to be honest, if it were on television I'd maybe tune in for about five minutes before flipping around the dial to see if Aqua Teen Hunger Force was on Cartoon Network. I think this was so big during the summer of 2005 because (1.) most of the other summer movies were garbage and (2.) because of the whole 'family values' undertone - let's face it, though it features 'cute' penguins waddling through a barren landscape, the 'deeper meaning' is about what some parents (human or non-human) will go through for their young. I know I wouldn't walk 500 miles with an egg balanced on my feet - hell, the most I'll go on foot is two miles for a Slurpee at 7-11. And may God help them if they don't have Blue Raspberry....