The Lorax

(PG) ★★☆☆☆

The filmmakers regard the Dr. Seuss book seriously in theory, not in practice. With some cooked-up elements like a corporate villain and a pair of nominally sympathetic young humans, enough is different to be off-putting. In Thneedville, no living thing grows, and Young Ted (Zac Efron) is eager to impress Audrey (Taylor Swift) with a tree. He seeks out the Once-ler (Ed Helms), and Danny DeVito’s secondary Lorax makes a few appearances. It’s just an OK revision.



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