Hunt for the Wilderpeople Friday, 03 April 2020

Hunt for the Wilderpeople

Additional Info

  • Rating:

    PG: Mild themes and coarse language.

  • The pitch:

    All eyes on Ricki.

  • Starring:

    Julian Dennison, Sam Neill, Rhys Darby, Rima Te Wiata, Rachel House, Oscar Kightley, Tioreore Ngatai-Melbourne, John Campbell, Nadine Chalmers-Ross, Troy Kingi, Cohen Holloway, Stan Walker, Mike Minogue, Mihingarangi Forbes, Sam Wallace, Taika Waititi

  • Directed by:

    Taika Waititi

  • Running time:

    93 minutes

  • Rated:

    PG (Australia), NR (UK), PG-13 (USA)


    People are shot, injured, pushed, dragged, wrestled, punched, pursued, thrown from an animal, tackled, arrested. Animals are hunted, stabbed, shot, killed, headbutted, gored, bitten, jumped on, fur-plucked, buried, roasted, eaten. Arson, burning effigy, burning building. Dead friend (possible victim of domestic abuse) discussed. Going to prison for manslaughter discussed. Armed soldiers, military vehicles, reckless/underage/unlicensed driving, vehicle collisions/rollover. Objects thrown, knocked down. Target practice, axe-sharpening. Yelling, arguing. Stealing, disobedience, loitering, graffiti, throwing things, kicking stuff, defacing stuff, burning stuff, waterboarding, acid on face, burn myself to death, dying in a tribe fight, chopped him [a child] up and buried him somewhere, kidnapping, criminals, grenade, rocket launcher, prison shank mentioned. Blood/gore: Bloody fur, face, objects, wounds, animals, grazes, knuckles, scratches. Blood spatter, smeared blood, bleeding corpse. Dead animals. Fractured ankle, diabetic coma. Bone-crack heard. Coffin. Gut it (boar) with me mentioned.


    Kiss (platonic). Dying naked, pervert, child molestation (comic) mentioned. References to paedophilia (comic).


    Green (marijuana implied) cookies seen. Smoking. Cocaine, drug dealer, smoke a joint mentioned.


    F-words (friggin'), s-words, a-words, bloody, poop, w*nker. Name-calling. Fat jokes. Religious references and exclamations. Obscene finger gestures.


    Foster children, child welfare/services, family, freedom, haiku, hunting, grief, shooting/guns, survival, birthdays, acceptance, child custody, adventure, illiteracy, missing persons, manhunts, huia birds.


    Dead wife/mother. Funeral, church, courtroom, jail settings. Box of (human) ashes, scattering ashes. Helicopters. Dead friend (possible domestic violence), dead parents mentioned. Dogs, horses, wild boar, birds, cat. Photos of wildebeest. Dead sheep, maggots, snakes mentioned. Eel, rabbit, sausage eaten. Animal pelts, tusk (jewellery) seen. Spitting, tongue-poking. Infertiity discussed. Based on the book Wild Pork and Watercress by Barry Crump.


    Warm, funny, delightful, spirited, good-humoured, touching, droll, modest, charming, lovely, small, moving, ambitious, amicable, pleasing. Joyful/three-dimensional characters, hilarious/committed cast, nimble adaptation, solid writing, unexpected gags, amiable/kind-hearted storytelling, spectacular scenery, original score.


    Familiar, derivative. Lacks invention/ingenuity, touches of farce, story becomes far-fetched/thin towards end.

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