OK for kids 6+
Disappointing animal comedy features insults, fart jokes.
What Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that although The Nut Job is being marketed to preschool-aged kids, there are some jump-worthy moments and some gun violence that might make it too scary for the youngest of viewers: the humans use guns and there are several scenes in which it seems like a character will die or be killed. The language includes insults like "moron," "nothing," and "stupid"; parents sensitive to scatological humor should know there are several burp and fart jokes. On the bright side, there is a positive message about what it means to be part of a community.
- Families can talk about the ongoing fascination with talking animals. Why do you think so many movies have animal main characters? What are some of your favorite animal movies?
- What is this movie's message about friendship and community? What does it mean to be part of a community that looks out for one another?
- Discuss the violence. Is the violence less scary, because the movie is animated and not live action?
The good stuff
Educational value: Kids may learn which park animals must store nuts to survive, but otherwise this is an entertainment title not an educational one.
Messages: The overwhelming message of the movie is to learn to be part of a community -- where helping others and being helped in return is part of life. Surly's adventure makes him realize why he needs the animals in the park, and they discover that he's much more than the selfish squirrel they pegged him as at the beginning of the movie.
Role models: Andie is smart, loyal, kind, and brave. She isn't afraid to get into dangerous situations to help her fellow park dwellers. She is committed to justice and fairness. Surly's story is one of redemption and learning to be part of a community. Buddy is a faithful and unconditional friend to Surly, even when no one else is willing to stand by him.
What to watch for
Violence and scariness: A few jump-worthy moments may frighten little ones, like when the dog pops up right in front of Surly or the scary rat gang attacks Surly and then appear about to kill Buddy. The humans in the movie are old-school gangsters who use guns to shoot at each other and the animals. Cars blow up and go over bridges; an important park tree burns down. A cardinal starts to peck at characters and acts in an evil manner. Even when it seems like characters meet their end, audiences later see they've survived (albeit hurt). Some characters act nobly, but are secretly mean and violent.
Sexy stuff: Grayson keeps flirting with Andie and insisting she go on a date with him. He touches and dips her, but she's not interested. Surly develops a crush on Andie as well and they share a couple of hugs. There's a human couple as well -- the buxom blonde Lana, who hugs and briefly kisses King.
Language: Insult language includes "stupid," "nothing," "moron," "lousy," "bums," "no-good," "vermin," "ugly," and of course "nut job." There's also a good bit of scatological humor (burp and fart jokes).
Consumerism: Peanut Butter & Co. peanut butter has prominent signage in the front of the nut store. The company hosted a tie-in sweepstakes.
Drinking, drugs and smoking: Not applicable
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Dont waste you hard earned money and your time. Even if your kids are really interested in watching it by cheesecake79
all my kids aged 5 (boy) 7 (girl) and 9 (boy) were really wanting to watch it at the movies, all 3 were bored, we left more than halfway through the movie and asked for our money back. which they delined to do so, but they gave us tickets to watch Disneys Frozen instead which i didnt mind cause thats a GREAT MOVIE! To watch over and over again
Not what I expected by greyleigh
It was just okay. The beginning was off putting - it had me wondering about being there with my kids and if it really was a kid movie. It was a bit on the crass side at times. I thought it would be more of an Ice Age type of humor and this was not that type of movie. It had its funny / nice moments but also some moments that were more mean spirited. Knowing what I know now, we would not pay to go to the movies to see it. It was our youngest son's birthday yesterday and he was torn between going bowling and going to see the Nut Job. We wish we had gone bowling instead. Or seen Frozen again.
Boring by Lteneleven
Nowhere near the humor of Madagascar and other similar movies. I paid for one adult, me, and four kids. Its money I can never get back. Mr. Neeson is a great actor. He should keep to rescuing kidnapped daughters in Paris and other exotic places. Total Bore.
Pretty cute movie by laquinthia
My little boy is 7 years old, and he and his best friend enjoyed the movie. They knew some of the parts from the previews, and seemed to have enjoyed it.
Gun violence for kids? by btyler399
Did not like this movie one bit.
I disliked the gun violence which was totally unnecessary for a children's movie.
The story was weak, the characters weaker. A real disappointment.
Thoroughly Enjoyable Fun by marianburn
I took my teenager and two grandkids, ages 5 and 6, to see this movie. From the beginning, the movie had everyone's attention. The animation was great and the voices perfectly suited to the characters. We laughed, we signed -- but we did not cry. (Is that a bad thing?) We all really enjoyed the movie and the shenanigans of the animals. The humans played minor roles in the story but even they made us laugh. On a deeper level, and one we talked about after the movie, it was interesting to see that those we thought were heroes, were not. Those we thought were leaders and really cared about the residents of the park really only cared about themselves. Those we thought were just goof-offs or selfish, turned out to be the characters we enjoyed the most and cheered for as the opportunity to "do the right thing" was taken at several critical points. The lessons were important but done in a very fun, humorous and subtle way. Would see it again and again!
Too Long by dwhitecom3
I would say this is one of the less appealing animated films. I found myself yawning and wishing they had wrapped it up 20 minutes before the movie was over (they just seemed to throw in too many ridiculous cliff hangers for the final section of the movie). The quality of the animation was so-so, although the colors were nice, and the characters were hard to root for. Not sure why they needed the Grayson character in the movie at all (but I do like Brendan Fraser).
Ok, yes this is just a cartoon about squirrels so not to get too picky (or nutty), but after the price of tickets and snacks I really wished I had just waited for for the DVD. Looking forward to Mr. Peabody and the Lego Movie now!
Great Movie by avcurrie
I took my boys ages 5 and 8 and they laughed out loud during the entire movie. Good story line and lots of kids noises to entertain adults & kids alike.
My Daughter and I Loved it! by jdswieca
My daughter and I saw this on opening night and was surprised that the theater was not more crowded. There were quite a few scenes that had us laughing out loud. My daughter really got a kick out of the Gangnam Style dance.
Nut Job by senior1
I think it is unconscionable to show this movie to children...glorifying that it is OK to steal things that do not belong to you. No wonder we have the breakdown in society that we have today. It also was so boring I had a hard time staying awake.