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Paws of Fury: The Legend of Hank

By Sandie Angulo Chen, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 7+

Familiar adventure centers rude humor, slapstick violence.

Movie PG 2022 97 minutes
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Community Reviews

age 6+

Based on 7 parent reviews

age 7+

Generic, shallow kung-fu trope factory

The movie was fine, but not anything worth seeking out. The characters were shallow and their interactions are heavy handed. The writing heavily leans on cultural memes and 4th wall winks - "Is this the part of the movie where we have a training montage?" Followed by a montage. The humor for adults is weak and the humor for kids is generic.
age 4+

Family Film Stays Clean and Makes You Laugh

It’s silly but it’s funny and makes you both laugh out loud and chuckle a lot, there is good character development and the plot is pretty thorough, a good family film, the voice actors do a wonderful job. The animation is good quality and it has two credits scenes, with the post-credit one being the most crucial to the film. Content: Nothing distasteful, one character drinks occasionally, slapstick and comic-like violence and karate action, no swearing, no sexual content, no drug use, perfectly good to have kids watch. Adults will enjoy this film too, it’s not just for the kids! I recommend it!

Is It Any Good?

Our review:
Parents say (7 ):
Kids say (18 ):

Recognizable story themes and plot points make this a decent comedic adventure. But it's not as memorable as similar movies like Kung Fu Panda or Rango. Cera's familiar voice is ideally cast to play the well-meaning but slightly bumbling Hank, who has to work hard to transform into a samurai. Jackson is also a selling point as the curmudgeonly -- and clearly troubled -- former samurai who's willing to train newbie Hank. Gervais sounds villainous most of the time, so he's more than believable as a narcissistic cat ruler with evil plans and an obsession with a giant toilet bowl.

The screenplay by Ed Stone and Nate Hopper is based on Blazing Saddles, but that's likely to be lost in translation for the movie's young target audience. Most of the jokes rely on bathroom humor, which seems over the top here even for a kid-oriented film. A few of the gags land, but there's only so much laughter to be had from a fart joke. What is funny is that the filmmakers were able to include a small role for nonagenarian Brooks, whom it's legitimately delightful to hear as the shogun. And kids will particularly enjoy the younger cats, who, like Hank, aspire to be samurai protectors of their village. Directors Rob Minkoff, Mark Koetsier, and Chris Bailey haven't created anything truly original here (not only is the movie Saddles-inspired, but it's also incredibly reminiscent of Kung Fu Panda), but that doesn't mean it won't entertain kids for an hour and a half. Paws of Fury is fine, but it's just not as singular and special as Hank.

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