Free Birds Tuesday, 31 March 2020

Free Birds

Additional Info

  • Rating:

    G: Some scenes may scare very young children.

  • The pitch:

    Clucking fun.

  • Starring:

    (voices of) Owen Wilson, Woody Harrelson, Amy Poehler, George Takei, Colm Meaney, Keith David, Dan Fogler, Kaitlyn Maher

  • Directed by:

    Jimmy Hayward

  • Running time:

    91 minutes

  • Rated:

    G (Australia), U (UK), PG (USA)

  • VIOLENCE/GORE:

    Characters are shot at, hooded, kidnapped, thrown around, slapped, near-roasted, shoved, hit with objects, pursued, attacked by monsters, grabbed, caged, punched. Angry mobs, weapons (guns, knives, spears, sword, grenades, gunpowder, animal traps, powder kegs), explosions, burning homes, destroyed property, fireballs, catapults. Screaming. An animal imitates a choking (death) sound. Characters slide down embankments, fall out of trees. A man collapses (presumed dead). Extermination, bloodthirsty monsters mentioned. Blood/gore: Corpse. Red eye.

  • SEX/NUDITY:

    Kissing, flirting, mild innuendo. Bare belly (male), shirtless men, cleavage.

  • VICES/DRUG USE:

    None.

  • LANGUAGE:

    Name-calling. Presidential, Secret Service, children, soap opera, teen, cultural, Native American Indian, cinematic, obesity, military, gender stereotypes. Religious references and exclamation.

  • THEMES:

    Holidays, Thanksgiving, food, belonging, individuality, outsiders, rejection, fanaticism, prophecy, time travel, missions, orphans, contamination, 1620s America, pizza, hunger, corruption, prejudice, tradition, history, destiny, bravery, fear, revenge, adventure, animal rights, revisionism.

  • HIDDEN EXTRAS:

    Deceased father. Memorial, cemetery. Turkeys, tiger, wolf (logo), eagle (logo), fish, dragon, Sasquatch, dogs, horse, duck, chicken. Helicopter, jet, lightning, beams of electrical charge, campfire, burning torch. Animal pelt, skull. Ham, turkey eaten. Halloween costumes (skulls, mummy, witch). Flashing lights have mild strobe effect. End credits scene.

  • CRITICS LIKE:

    Weird, worthy, delightful, strange, delicious, inspired, satisfying, bizarre, fun, entertaining, likable, inventive, cute. Amusing gags, enthusiastic vocal talents, endearing characters, original premise, creative script, nicely animated, warm score, manic action, adorable poults.

  • CRITICS DON'T LIKE:

    Forgettable, slight, under-achieving, disposable, misguided, cluttered, familiar, slow, uneven, dull, muddled. Underdeveloped storyline, plot holes, poor screenplay, violent climax, ugly racial undertones, unfunny banter, wears thin.

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