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A Series of Unfortunate Events (2004)

When a massive fire kills their parents, three children are delivered to the custody of cousin and stage actor Count Olaf, who is secretly plotting to steal their parents' vast fortune.

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Three children - Violet, Klaus and Sunny Baudelaire - are left orphaned when their house burns down, with their parents in it, in mysterious circumstances. They are left in the custody of a distant relative, Count Olaf (played by Jim Carrey). It is soon apparent that Count Olaf only cares about the children for their large inheritance. Written by grantss

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Rated PG for thematic elements, scary situations and brief language | See all certifications »

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$140,000,000 (estimated)

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£2,210,979 (UK) (17 December 2004)

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$118,627,117 (USA) (22 April 2005)
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Trivia

When Klaus finds a spy-glass in his father's desk, there is a box of green cigarettes lying beside it, labelled VFD. This is a reference to the book series (specifically Book the Tenth), in which Sunny uses Verdant Flammable Devices (mistaken for green cigarettes) to signal her siblings. Book the Tenth also mentions that the Baudelaires' father had the same devices hidden in his desk. See more »

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When the children are locked in Count Olaf's car, Violet frantically pushes all the buttons she can find, hoping they will do something. The tape reel, which plays "The Littlest Elf" theme song, is above her hand. She presses a button and the reel starts to move, but there is no music. In the next scene, the reel is still, then starts to move, and music plays. See more »

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Lemony Snicket: [the Littlest Elf has just come to an abrupt halt] I'm sorry to say that this is not the movie you will be watching. The movie you are about to see is extremely unpleasant. If you wish to see a film about a happy little elf, I'm sure there is still plenty of seating in theatre number two. However, if you like stories about clever and reasonably attractive orphans, suspicious fires, carnivorous leeches, Italian food and secret organizations, then stay, as I retrace each and every one...
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After the end credits roll (and before the credits end), "The Littlest Elf" theme song plays in the background, and then the elf's laugh is heard is the Paramount logo appears on screen. See more »

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Stay for the end credits
14 January 2005 | by (Glen Cove, New York) – See all my reviews

The end credits is a ten minute long cartoon of such incredible beauty that it is a great shame that most people will never watch it. Simply its some of the best animation to come out all year.

While I can give the end credits a 10 out of 10 I can only give the rest of the film a begrudging 7 out of 10, although it should probably be a 6.5. Certainly this is a fantastically well made movie, that is for the most part very well acted but something is amiss in the tone of the film and so it never really is what it should be.

The story of three children who's parents are killed and who are forced from guardian to guardian by the murderous acts of Count Oloff is pretty bleak. And with a title like "A Series of Unfortunate Events" you really can't expect dancing elves, but the film makers have chosen to add a vein of madcap silliness to the proceedings that works against the rest of the film. It seems as if they were afraid that the material was going to be seen as too dark, which is a shame since its clear from the sequences where they left well enough alone that the film could have stood on its own.

Its a good movie, instead of the great one it wants to be.

Definitely worth seeing.


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