'Dr. Seuss' The Lorax'
Plot: Ted (Zac Efron) has a crush on the artistic Audrey (Taylor Swift), who paints murals filled with forest scenes. Her greatest wish is to see a real tree since their town is filled only with the artificial variety. Ted sets off to find one.
PG; 1 hour, 35 minutes
Upside: It has a similar blend of humor, bouncy silliness and sweetness. That said, the pro-conservation, anti-consumerist message of the book is heartily intact. And, like the Seuss story, the film never resorts to sermonizing.
Downside: Disappointingly, Seuss’ trademark lilting language and clever rhymes are only sporadically integrated into the story.