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Fungus the Bogeyman

By Jennifer Green, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 11+

Monster tale with gross-out humor, very strong language.

Movie NR 2015 82 minutes
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age 18+

Based on 1 parent review

age 18+

The greatest cinematic achievement in history.

I’m going to be honest, when I first heard of this movie, I thought it was another dumb Shrek rip-off. I was wrong. The stunning character development, fantastical plot twists, and overall awe-inspiring film structure caused me to cry tears of joy. Words can’t really express what this movie did for me. Put simply, it changed my entire viewpoint of life, the universe, and everything. I hope that now you’ve uncovered this hidden gem of perfection, you immediately watch this film, and dedicate your life to the Fungus The Bogeyman Fan Club (https://discord.gg/GUvBGc)! I now understand the meaning of life, and I hope you can too after watching this true work of art. Thank you Fungus.

This title has:

Great messages
Great role models
Too much violence
Too much sex
Too much swearing
Too much consumerism
Too much drinking/drugs/smoking

Is It Any Good?

Our review:
Parents say: (1 ):
Kids say: Not yet rated

If your tween finds farting and burping endlessly funny, look no further for your next family night film. Fungus the Bogeyman has both in spades, as well as plenty of gross-out humor involving underworld, Shrek-like monsters (called bogeys) who slather themselves in filth, vomit on each other, and enjoy smelling each other's most odorous body parts and functions. Word play ("my drear," "I stink therefore I am") and solid animation also offer some hooks. Fortunately for the adults in the room, who will tire of bogey humor faster than you can say "jockstrap," the hideous monsters must at least temporarily try to improve their health and hygiene standards when they enter the human world.

And, not to be species-centric, but the film gains in nuance and depth in the human world, set in England. The neighbors (played by Marc Warren, Keeley Hawes, and Fern Deacon) are a middle-class family struggling to make ends meet with the kind-hearted husband unemployed. Their teen daughter has a crush on the local cool kid and is perpetually embarrassed by her parents, not unlike the bogey teen Mould, who feels he doesn't fit in underground. He's "dry-curious," a term latent with double meaning, who is interested in exploring the human ("drycleaners") world. Ultimately, the underlying sweetness of the main characters and the affable resolution of teen angst make Fungus watchable for tweens and adults alike.

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