Parents' Guide to

Free Birds

By Sandie Angulo Chen, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 6+

Clever idea turns bland in turkey-focused holiday fare.

Movie PG 2013 90 minutes
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What you will—and won't—find in this movie.

Community Reviews

age 8+

Based on 20 parent reviews

age 6+

Fun movie for Thanksgiving

I was weary based on the bad reviews. However, I didn’t really find anything inappropriate for my 9 year old. One person had commented about the big-busted Turkey, and I didn’t think anyone was way out of balance. I also never heard the comment about the honeymoon - so either I just missed it, or it’s been taken out from the place I streamed it from. Both my daughter and I enjoyed it, and it was fun to have a Thanksgiving-themed movie to watch. We both laughed on how they claimed they changed the holiday, and discussed how it was fantasy, not truth.
age 8+

I should have checked here first

Mediocre movie. Subtle anti-christian theme throughout.

Is It Any Good?

Our review:
Parents say (20 ):
Kids say (39 ):

The movie will undoubtedly please young kids who love talking animals, silly sight gags, and the idea of a group of turkeys fighting back to keep them safe. Writer-director Jimmy Hayward, a veteran animator (Dr. Seuss' Horton Hears a Who!), had a clever kernel of an idea -- what if turkeys could somehow get themselves off the Thanksgiving menu without condemning any other animals to their seasonal holiday-meal fate? But the simple storyline got muddled in the execution. Between the outdated Bill Clinton-esque president (voiced by Hayward); the insensitive Native American-esque wild turkeys of the 1600s; and the various time-travel issues, there's just too much happening all at once.

There are a few laughs, like George Takei as the voice of the HAL-like time travel machine S.T.E.V.E., and the alpha-turkey competitiveness between Harrelson's Jake and the chief's son. And it's always a treat to hear Amy Poehler, who plays the chief's courageous daughter Jenny and Reggie's love interest. But it's not enough to make this a must-see every holiday season, and Free Birds may disappoint parents and possibly confuse young kids not used to the time-travel plot device.

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