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A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this movie.
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.
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
Mild flirting, hand-holding, and one kiss between teenagers. Dan and Tammy hug and kiss.
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Mild insults/teasing: "shut up," "shut it," "stupid," and the like.
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Products & Purchases
The product placements include an Apple Macbook, iPod, iPhone, and Amazon's Kindle.
Drinking, Drugs & Smoking
An adult man smokes a cigar.
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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. To stay in the loop on more movies like this, you can sign up for weekly Family Movie Night emails.
Is It Any Good?
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.
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