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Alpha and Omega Review

Movies.com Critics

1.0

Dave White Profile

Teen wolf poo. Read full review

1.0

Jen Yamato Profile

Parents beware! Read full review

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  • 2.0
    36

    out of 100

    Metascore®
    Generally unfavorable reviews
    based on a weighted average of all
    critic review scores.

  • 38

    out of 100

    USA Today Scott Bowles

    Alpha and Omega is one of those rarities in the modern era of Hollywood animation: bad.

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  • 50

    out of 100

    Entertainment Weekly Adam Markovitz

    Underwhelming in the style of most off-brand CG, Alpha and Omega is livened by pretty Rocky Mountain backdrops and leadened by stock characters and the wolves' weirdly prissy behavior.

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  • 50

    out of 100

    The Hollywood Reporter

    Abounding in dumb jokes that kids are bound to like but sometimes too scary for very young viewers, the movie -- also going out in 2D -- takes too long to find its footing and at best is proficient, not exhilarating.

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For Families provided by Common Sense Media

OK for kids 8+

Wolf tale is all about romance, innuendo-filled jokes.

What Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that this 3-D animated animal adventure (which stars the voices of popular actors Hayden Panettiere and Justin Long) includes many allusions to romance and even some sexually tinged double entendres ("was it good for you?" after howling, etc.) -- which younger kids won't understand, but tweens and teens probably will. While there's not much in the way of language, the movie does feature a few violent scenes in which snarling wolves are about to attack each other and one sequence in which the main wolves have to run away from angry bears chasing them (all of which iis made more intense by the 3-D). On the plus side, there's a girl empowerment theme and a positive message about marrying for love rather than duty, but families sensitive to innuendo may be put off by all the grown-up references.

  • Families can talk about the movie's overall message about relationships and social status. What does the movie have to say about falling in love?

  • What does it ultmately take to unite the packs? Why do the packs have to work together to survive? What does this teach us about wolf culture?

  • The movie includes references to romantic relationships and some grown-up jokes. Is it OK to insert grown-up themes in a kids' movie (even if really young kids can't understand them)?

The good stuff
  • educationalvalue true1

    Educational value: Kids learn that relationships should be based on love rather than status and a bit about how wolf society is structured -- though it's not 100% accurate (in real life, omega wolves are often terrorized and forced to disperse, and they would never be allowed to mate, much less with an alpha).

  • message true2

    Messages: Kate's character shows that the alpha female is powerful and important to the pack; she's not secondary just because she's female. Marrying for love is demonstrated as the ideal and is presented as more important than marrying for familial duty or societal obligation (though selfless Kate is willing to do whatever is necessary to unite the packs). Kate and Humphrey and Lily and Garth also teach kids that you should base friendships and relationships on personal compatability rather than cultural status or popularity.

  • rolemodels true2

    Role models: Several of the characters act courageously: Kate, Humphrey, Lily, and the two chief alpha wolves. The goose and the duck are loyal friends to Kate and Humphrey. The alpha wolves are able to adapt to their offspring's decision to "marry" someone outside of "pack law." Kate is a strong female character.

What to watch for
  • violence false2

    Violence and scariness: A few scenes show snarling wolves posing aggressively, like they're about to attack. In one case, it's just a couple of wolves versus a couple of wolves, but toward the end of the movie, it's two entire wolf packs about to go to war, and they look fierce and frightening. Humphrey and Kate have to evade three angry bears. A stampede nearly kills some wolves (but they're saved). The mother alpha makes humorously off-putting threats about ripping anatomical parts off and shoving them down throats. The 3-D version of the movie makes these potentially frightening images more intense for younger viewers.

  • sex false2

    Sexy stuff: Lots of sexual innuendoes and jokes that will go over very young kids' head but that worldlier tweens may understand. For example: "was it good for you" after a male wolf shows off his howling skills; "check out her moves"; "she's hot"; "you can't 'howl' together"; and a drawn-out gag about an "alpha" male's limp, unimpressive howl. There are also continuous jokes about who can mate (although the word is never used as a verb) and why alphas and omegas can play together as kids but can never be together (it's the "law of the pack").

  • language false1

    Language: Language includes "butt," "dumb," and "oh my God."

  • consumerism false0

    Consumerism: Not applicable

  • drugsalcoholtobacco false0

    Drinking, drugs and smoking: Not applicable

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