The Nut Job 2: Nutty by Nature (2017) Friday, 05 June 2020

The Nut Job 2: Nutty by Nature (2017)

Additional Info

  • Rating:

    G: Some scenes may scare young children.

  • The pitch:

    Don't call me cute.

  • Starring:

    (voices of): Will Arnett, Maya Rudolph, Bobby Cannavale, Bobby Moynihan, Isabela Moner, Peter Stormare, Gabriel Iglesias, Jeff Dunham, Sebastian Maniscalco, Kari Wahlgren, Jackie Chan, Katherine Heigl

  • Directed by:

    Cal Brunker

  • Running time:

    91 minutes

  • Rated:

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


    Characters are hit by falling objects, run over by a bulldozer, electrocuted, shaken, almost run over by a moving car, blasted through the air, slammed to the ground, licked, caged, bitten, pursued, hit by a car, flipped, thrown against a wall, punched, kicked, throat-grabbed, swung at with golf club, shot at (slingshot), knocked over, shot with arrow, squirted with condiments, shirt-grabbed, vacuumed up, lassoed, hit with tranquiliser dart, prodded with a fork, near-strangled, crushed, ear-pulled, tongue-pulled, catapulted through the air, blasted through buildings, attacked by mice, blasted with fire extinguisher, dive-bombed by birds. A character falls from a high balcony to the street below. A plush bunny's head and a doll's head are ripped off (girl places doll's head between her teeth). A character jumps from moving vehicles and slams into mailboxes. A character falls from a hot air balloon. A bulldozer flips over/crashes. Animals habitats/homes are destroyed. Explosions, burning objects, building rubble. Theft. Objects knocked over/dropped/smashed/thrown. Theme park rides and amusements are torn apart/destroyed. Reckless driving, car crashes into other cars and objects, car flips onto roof, truck rolls over. A flashback scene shows a hurricane, lightning, thunder, high winds, a tree being pulled out of the ground, an object crushed by a water wheel, a character hit by a steel plate and knocked unconscious. A character frequently says "We're all gonna die". A girl pretends to shoot her pet dog/dog plays dead (comic). A man says "Your heads are going on the wall", "I wan't that squirrel's head deep-fried on a stick", "I should've eliminated you while I had the chance". Stealing candy from trick-or-treaters, tail got caught on fire mentioned. Screaming, arguing, hissing; mass panic. Blood/gore: Black eye, scratches, bruising. Taxidermy animals/antlers/tusks on wall. A doll's eye falls out and rolls along the ground (creepy). Rabies mentioned.


    Naked man (balloons cover genitals). Flirting, hand-holding, hugging. Kiss on cheek.


    Alcohol (wine, champagne). Animals are sedated with tranquiliser darts.


    Name-calling (lazy, spoiled, fat, snookums, dumber, mangy little rodents, grumpy, dramatic, mutt, layabouts, crazy, deranged, psychos, circus dogs, violent, reckless, goofball, moron, cute, vermin, fat toothless kid, suckers, etc).


    Greed, teamwork, foraging, profit, theme parks, habitat, leadership.


    Full moon, lightning, thunder. Squirrels, birds, dogs, mole, rat, bees, chipmunks, mice, groundhogs, puppies. Animal skin rugs on floor. Tongue/saliva on car window. Vomit, regurgitation. A dog eats vomit. Hot dogs eaten. Mid-credits scene.


    Fleet, spry, charming, pro-environment, pro-animal life, anti-consumerist, colourful, kid-friendly, chaotic, funny, thoughtful, entertaining, harmless, passable. Inspired voice casting, inventive/vibrant action sequences, exceptional 3D effects, lavish city-scape images, photorealistic backgrounds, witty "old-movie" flashback of Feng and his warrior mice, deals with timely issues.


    Unnecessary, forgettable, middling, sprawling, uneven. Repetitive chase sequences, rote narrative, limp looniness, changing character motivations, dumb laughs, loaded plot.

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