A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this movie.
Viewers get much food for thought on corporate greed and the pressure of being profitable at all costs.
Positive Role Models
Rollo starts out trying to meet his 20 percent profit margin at all costs, but sees the error in his ways, often with help from the caring and conniving zoo staff. Willa also comes to see the animals as more important than profits. Rod and Vince McCain are caricatures of the distant and powerful mogul and his do-nothing idiot son, and they stay that way.
Violence & Scariness
The audience and a horrified zoo staff are led to believe that five animals are shot by Rollo and then buried. One man is shot by accident and killed, and a number of characters (including a lemur) brandish guns either to falsely subdue animals or threaten others. Zoo staff fakes injuries from animals and Rollo tastes blood of one real injury to claim it's a fake. Plus an accidental stab wound in the leg.
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
A very, very long-running joke about how Rollo must be having orgies (with zoo staff and, once, a sheep), but each time there's an innocent explanation. Willa is set upon by Vince McCain nonstop, who strips down to his underwear, asks if her breasts are real, and keeps propositioning her. Zoo staffers strip down to their underwear to find a rogue tarantula. Rod McCain is heard behind closed doors shouting "yes! yes!"
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One "f--king hell," and a smattering of everything else: "s--t," "hell," boner," "bitch," "t-ts," "boobs," "slut," "dammit," "kick ass," "bastard," "Japs," "a--hole," "dicks," "bloody," and "bimbo."
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Products & Purchases
Plenty on display in a few scenes, but all as part of a joke about sponsorships.
Drinking, Drugs & Smoking
Drinking of beer and champagne in a few scenes.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that this farce with a likeable cast -- all the same folks behind the popular heist comedy A Fish Called Wanda -- really digs into the sexual innuendo with a long-running joke about the main character's supposed wild sex life. Characters get undressed down to underwear and another gets sexually harassed by the boss' son. Violence is pretty mild, but includes gunshots and one unlikeable character dead. The zoo is plastered with sponsorship banners in a few scenes as a nice send-up of corporate greed run amok. Lots of language, including one "f--k." To stay in the loop on more movies like this, you can sign up for weekly Family Movie Night emails.
Is It Any Good?
A couple of Monty Python alums thought up the funny premise of cuddly creatures needing to take on fierce alter-egos to bring in zoo visitors, and that 10 minutes of the movie is downright hilarious. Also pretty funny: Rollo faking the deaths of the animals to look authoritative, and the tacky things Vince does to the zoo in the name of profits (especially the lion dressed up in an "Absolut Fierce" banner). It goes downhill from there pretty fast.
The father-son mogul storyline is given way too much weight, all the sexual innuendo gets pretty tired, and Vince's sexual harassment is much creepier than it is funny. It's great to see the cast of A Fish Called Wanda reunite, but it should have been for a much smarter script. In this digital era, they could have released the 10 minutes of hilarity on the web and left the rest on the cutting room floor.
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