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Furry Vengeance

Timber! This eco-themed family film falls flat.
  • Rated: PG
  • Genre: Family and Kids
  • Release Year: 2010
  • Running Time: 91 minutes

What parents need to know

Positive messages

The movie's messages include the idea that parents need to make sure that their work doesn't conflict with their personal sense of morality and ethics. Neil Lyman's attitude toward the environment proves caring for the environment is one thing in name and another in practice. Everyone should take animals' lives and habitats seriously.

Positive role models

Taylor and Tammy are honestly concerned with the environment and try to convince Dan to make the right decisions concerning his boss' environmentally damaging practices.

Violence & scariness

Most of the violence is just lots and lots of pratfalls. Dan is pretty much terrorized by the forest animals. Dan is sprayed -- three times -- by skunks; falls off a second story; lands straight on his groin; is followed by a bear; is urinated on by a raccoon; has a horrible allergic reaction to bees; etc. Neal Lyman is also chased and threatened by forest animals. Animals are rounded up, shot with tranquilizers, and caged.

Sexy stuff

Mild flirting, hand-holding, and one kiss between teenagers. Dan and Tammy hug and kiss.

Language

Mild insults/teasing: "shut up," "shut it," "stupid," and the like.

Consumerism

The product placements include an Apple Macbook, iPod, iPhone, and Amazon's Kindle.

Drinking, drugs, & smoking

An adult man smokes a cigar.

Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that this family comedy is filled with animal jokes, pratfalls, and over-the-top sight gags, many of which involve animals provoking Brendan Fraser's character. Most of the violence is limited to skunk spray, animal pee, and bee-sting reactions, as well as the protagonist dad falling and hurting himself in every fashion imaginable. Apple dominates the product placements, with a Macbook, iPhone, or iPod visible in several scenes throughout the film. There's no sexuality outside of mild flirting, a quick kiss, and a couple of hugs -- nothing even remotely inappropriate for a PG movie. The messages of the movie are positive -- people shouldn't sacrifice their beliefs for work, and communities should take care of the animals in their midst -- but they're also secondary to the cartoonish "vengeance" the animals impart.

What's the story?

Dan Sanders (Brendan Fraser) has relocated his family (wife Tammy is played by Brooke Shields; son Tyler by teen cutie Matt Prokop) from Chicago to the Pacific Northwest to oversee the construction of a new housing development for his ambitious boss, "green" real-estate tycoon Neal Lyman (Ken Jeong). Lyman, of course, is far from eco-friendly and wants to tear down a local forest to build even more subdivisions and a "forest-themed" mall, but the woodland animals, led by a clever raccoon, communicate with each other to terrorize Dan into stopping the destruction of their home habitat.

Is it any good?

QUALITY

This movie's filled with so many cliches, predictable sight gags, and lazily written dialogue that it's difficult to take it seriously. At the very least, the clever little animals in FURRY VENGEANCE don't talk; that's about all that can be said for it. Even the "pay attention to the animals" message is buried under a puddle of raccoon pee. While kids might giggle, there are far better choices for eco-friendly family films.

Despite co-starring usually hilarious comedians like Jeong and The Office star Angela Kinsey, most of the jokes fall flat, although Jeong is so naturally funny that sometimes just looking at him is enough to elicit a laugh or two. It's especially difficult to watch Fraser -- the former swashbuckling action hero who starred in (the first two) The Mummy films. He looks awkward and ill-at-ease in this father role (even though he has quite the large family of his own). Right about the third time the skunks trapped in his character's SUV sprayed his face, it's hard not to feel downright sorry for him.

Families can talk about...

  • Families can talk about the environmental message of the movie. What are the filmmakers trying to say about what it really means to be "green"? Was the real estate development company actually eco-friendly or just pretending to be? How "green" do you think the movie business is?

  • In what ways can we help protect animals and their habitats? What is the solution that Dan and his family come up with in the movie? Is it realistic?

  • How does Dan's work affect his family? Does he do a good job of juggling his work responsibilities with his family? How does your family manage work, school, and family commitments?

Movie details

Theatrical release date:April 30, 2010
DVD/Streaming release date:August 16, 2010
Cast:Brendan Fraser, Brooke Shields, Ken Jeong, Matt Prokop
Director:Roger Kumble
Studio:Summit Entertainment
Genre:Family and Kids
Topics:Wild animals
Run time:91 minutes
MPAA rating:PG
MPAA explanation:some rude humor, mild language and brief smoking

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Parent of a 5 and 9 year old Written bygreatkidsmom October 11, 2010

My Kids loved thia movie

My kids really loved this movie. I feel that the animal "vengance" does not translate to peopleon people and is funny in its place in this movie. Yes it is silly, but it was pretty much laugh out loud through most of the movie for the kids.
Parent of a 7 year old Written byOhioMom June 6, 2010
I took my daughter to see this movie during the day. We were the only two in the theater. We thoroughly enjoyed the movie. She had a few over-the-top belly laughs that made me laugh even harder. It certainly had a good message about taking care of the environment and making sure you put family before work.
What other families should know
Too much violence
Great messages
Parent of a 8 year old Written bytamar14 March 15, 2011

Maybe the worst movie of 2010--okay for 6+, iffy for 3+, but why would you want to see it?

I hated this movie. My daughter hated this movie. A lot of her friends hated this movie. Don't bother watching it. It's cleanish-- maybe a little too comic-violent for 3-6, but otherwise fine. Seriously crappy, though.
What other families should know
Too much violence