'Hop' works for a number of holidays

April 07, 2011|Lisa Prejean

When my daughter first mentioned that she'd like to see the movie "Hop" the day that it opened, I was a little hesitant for several reasons.

First, even though it was opening nationwide on April 1, I didn't know if it would open locally on the same day. I told her and her friends that we'd have to check the local listings a day or two in advance.

Then, before I'd commit to taking her to the movie, I needed to read more about it. Would it be suitable? Would it be enjoyable? Would it be worth our hard-earned and limited entertainment dollars?

In this case, she had two free movie tickets from her birthday in January.

"Mommy, I can use one and you can use the other!" she exclaimed, solving any hesitations I had about paying for the show.

I guess the free ticket was my reward for driving.

After we decided to go with an entourage of friends, I determined to have a blast with this gang of preteen giggly girls.

The theater was full of laughter — of both children and adults.

From the makers of "Despicable Me," the movie "Hop" provides a sentimental view of the secular side of Easter.

The film gives a glimpse into the wonder and imagination created by thoughts of the Easter Bunny delivering baskets full of sweets before sunrise.

Any grown-up who as a child tried to "catch" the Easter Bunny in the act can relate to Fred O'Hare's "sighting" of the bunny when he was a boy.

Years later, a series of events causes Fred, an out-of-work slacker who has moved back in with his parents, to recall the memory.

The drama begins as Fred's car collides with "E.B.," the heir to the Easter Bunny crown.

Fred (James Marsden) ends up taking in E.B. as they both learn about acceptance and responsibility.

Fred's father is not too happy that his grown son can't hold down a job, and E.B.'s dad (the "real" Easter Bunny) can't understand why E.B. doesn't want to take his rightful place. After all, who in their right mind would want to be a drummer in Hollywood instead of being the Easter Bunny?

As Fred and E.B. both struggle to gain the acceptance of their fathers, their fathers learn to release preconceived notions and embrace their children's natural gifts.

This age-old theme provides a nice touch to the film, which was released a few weeks before Easter Sunday, April 24.

It easily could have been a film for the month of June — released just in time for Father's Day.

Lisa Tedrick Prejean writes for The Herald-Mail's Family page. Send email to

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