''The Borrowers'' is a 1997 comedy/fantasy film directed by Peter Hewitt, loosely based on the children's book [[Literature/TheBorrowers of the same name]] by Mary Norton. It stars Creator/JohnGoodman as Ocious P. Potter (the Borrowers' main human adversary) and Creator/JimBroadbent as Pod Clock, and also features Creator/TomFelton in his film debut.

The film takes a far more urban setup than the book, overturns the idea that the Borrowers have a low population (the ending is rather like that of ''WesternAnimation/ToyStory''), and in general is not as faithful to the books as the original movies were. It at least avoided being InNameOnly by keeping the members of the Clock family more-or-less true to their book characterizations, although even there they recast Peagreen (a minor character in the books) as Arrietty's AnnoyingYoungerSibling. It also pretty much dropped the original plot in favor of one centering around the scheme of Goodman's AmoralAttorney villain to demolish the house where the Borrowers live.

!!This film has examples of:

* AmoralAttorney: The villain of the movie, John Goodman's character Mr. Potter.
* AmusingInjuries: All over the place, mostly inflicted on Ocious P. Potter.
* AnachronismStew: Mr. Potter has a mobile cellphone in a time that otherwise greatly resembles the Sixties, Fifties or Forties.
* AnnoyingYoungerSibling: Arrietty is given one, Peagreen, played by Tom Felton.
* BrickJoke: Peagreen hates milk.
* ButtMonkey / TheChewToy: Ocious, oh so very much.
* ColorWash: Most of the film is filtered with an orange/yellowish tint, with the latter half of the film going towards normal colors. This effect is most likely used to evoke the strange atmosphere of the film
* CulturalTranslation: Fairly minimal. The human boy and the villain are both Americans, but everyone else is British.
* DeadpanSnarker: Peagreen, as part of his BrattyHalfPint shtick, gets in a few really biting comments.
* TheDeterminator: Ocious. [[ButtMonkey And he goes through hell too.]]
* DrivenToMadness: By the end of the film, Potter has been through so much that he has lost his mind completely, babbling inanely about Borrowers and smiling as he is thrown into prison.
* GilliganCut: Pod: "No! No! No! It's not going to happen." Cut to Pete carrying the Clock family out to a moving truck.
* HumiliationConga: Mr. Potter for the entirety of the movie.
* ITakeOffenseToThatLastOne:
-->'''Arrietty''': Peagreen, try to understand, there won't be a "here" unless we get this will to Pete before that nasty, cheating, thieving, evil, greedy, vicious, ugly bean destroys our house.\\
'''Potter''': Ugly? Who they calling ugly?
* LargeHam: John Goodman.
* MacGuffin: A Will which entitles the Lenders to the house and thus stands in the way of Potter's scheme to replace it with condos.
* MeaningfulName: The last name of the human family who owns the house where the Clock family lives? The Lenders.
* TheMillstone: Peagreen's two main functions in the movie are to be sarcastic and to [[DistressedDude get into trouble so the others will need to rescue him]].
* MorallyBankruptBanker: Potter is a lawyer, not a banker, but he is in the real estate business (much like [[Film/ItsAWonderfulLife that other Potter]]) and his scheme to acquire the Lenders' home and turn it into condos is very similar to how corrupt bankers in fiction are always conspiring to foreclose on people and repurpose their property.
* NamedByTheAdaptation: Pete Lender, the human boy who befriends the Clock family.
* PapaWolf: Pod has his moments.
* PeopleOfHairColor: All Borrowers have red hair.
* PunchClockVillain: Exterminator Jeff is a rather nice, friendly man who's fascinated by the Borrowers and is only helping Potter because he's been hired as a pest exterminator.
* RetroUniverse: Seems to be set in one, complete with ZeppelinsFromAnotherWorld visible in the sky.
* ScavengedPunk: The film, as with all version of this franchise, is an example. The live action sets, especially the Borrower's house gives some very cool examples of this.
* ShoutOut: The exterminator's appearance is not only a tribute to ''Franchise/{{Ghostbusters}}'', but also to ''Film/{{Arachnophobia}}'', which featured John Goodman as an exterminator.
* UnfortunateName: ''Ocious'' P. Potter?
* VillainousBreakdown: Mr. Potter's starts early, but it never ends. By the end of the film, he seems to care about nothing except killing those Borrowers at any cost.
* WhereTheHellIsSpringfield: The film's setting contains elements of the US and the UK with the use of both American and British actors adding to the ambiguity of it all. And the cars are all old-fashioned to boot. If you look closely, you can see that the cars are right-hand-drive, but everyone also drives on the right side of the road. Bonus points for the obviously-hand-painted skyline in the distance -- all the skyscrapers have pointy roofs like houses. The set designers were apparently aiming for maximum quaintness. Maybe it takes place in the same fictional not-quite-England, not-quite-America country that Creator/RoaldDahl adaptations tend to be set in.
* YouCantMissIt: John Goodman's character rudely asked a receptionist for directions to a room in the building and she replied by giving him a lot of complicated instructions, ending with "walk quickly". Later on, the Kid Hero politely asked for the same thing and this time she said "take the elevator to the top and walk straight ahead - You can't miss it".