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Furry Vengeance Review

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1.0

Dave White Profile

Watch "Pom Poko" instead. Read full review

0.5

Jen Yamato Profile

The scariest new movie of the week. Read full review

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Critics scores range from 0 to 100, with higher scores indicating more favorable reviews.

  • 2.0
    23

    out of 100

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

  • 25

    out of 100

    USA Today Claudia Puig

    Furry Vengeance is a slapstick stinker, easily the worst movie of the year.

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  • 30

    out of 100

    The Hollywood Reporter Sheri Linden

    A collection of feeble jokes in the service of green themes. Sustainability never looked so stupid.

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For Families provided by Common Sense Media

OK for kids 7+

Timber! This eco-themed family film falls flat.

What Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that this family comedy is filled with animal jokes, pratfalls, and over-the-top sight gags, many of which involve animals provoking Brendan Fraser's character. Most of the violence is limited to skunk spray, animal pee, and bee-sting reactions, as well as the protagonist dad falling and hurting himself in every fashion imaginable. Apple dominates the product placements, with a Macbook, iPhone, or iPod visible in several scenes throughout the film. There's no sexuality outside of mild flirting, a quick kiss, and a couple of hugs -- nothing even remotely inappropriate for a PG movie. The messages of the movie are positive -- people shouldn't sacrifice their beliefs for work, and communities should take care of the animals in their midst -- but they're also secondary to the cartoonish "vengeance" the animals impart.

  • Families can talk about the environmental message of the movie. What are the filmmakers trying to say about what it really means to be "green"? Was the real estate development company actually eco-friendly or just pretending to be? How "green" do you think the movie business is?
  • In what ways can we help protect animals and their habitats? What is the solution that Dan and his family come up with in the movie? Is it realistic?
  • How does Dan's work affect his family? Does he do a good job of juggling his work responsibilities with his family? How does your family manage work, school, and family commitments?

The good stuff
  • message true2

    Messages: The movie's messages include the idea that parents need to make sure that their work doesn't conflict with their personal sense of morality and ethics. Neil Lyman's attitude toward the environment proves caring for the environment is one thing in name and another in practice. Everyone should take animals' lives and habitats seriously.

  • rolemodels true1

    Role models: Taylor and Tammy are honestly concerned with the environment and try to convince Dan to make the right decisions concerning his boss' environmentally damaging practices.

What to watch for
  • violence false2

    Violence and scariness: Most of the violence is just lots and lots of pratfalls. Dan is pretty much terrorized by the forest animals. Dan is sprayed -- three times -- by skunks; falls off a second story; lands straight on his groin; is followed by a bear; is urinated on by a raccoon; has a horrible allergic reaction to bees; etc. Neal Lyman is also chased and threatened by forest animals. Animals are rounded up, shot with tranquilizers, and caged.

  • sex false1

    Sexy stuff: Mild flirting, hand-holding, and one kiss between teenagers. Dan and Tammy hug and kiss.

  • language false1

    Language: Mild insults/teasing: "shut up," "shut it," "stupid," and the like.

  • consumerism false2

    Consumerism: The product placements include an Apple Macbook, iPod, iPhone, and Amazon's Kindle.

  • drugsalcoholtobacco false1

    Drinking, drugs and smoking: An adult man smokes a cigar.

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