A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this movie.
Some information about farms and farm animals, but mostly this is an entertainment-oriented movie.
Loyalty, family closeness, and the importance of friendship are all stressed in the film.
Positive Role Models
Gordy the pig is a loyal and trustworthy pig. His friends along the way are all portrayed as loyal, dependable friends who try to do the right thing.
Violence & Scariness
Minimal violence and a few instances of scariness. In the first scene, Gordy is separated from his father, who is taken away "up North" to what is implied to be a slaughterhouse. Gordy's mother and siblings are taken away separately, presumably to the same fate. A young boy, Hanky, nearly drowns in a pool until Gordy the pig saves him. A pig is thrown off a bridge but caught. A fistfight erupts with a few punches to the face and gut, and a man is hit over the head with a briefcase. Pigs are briefly shown in peril, being led to slaughter with the sharpening of blades, and a bloody apron.
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
A man and woman flirt throughout the film and kiss at its conclusion.
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Insulting language is used in a few instances, plus some slang: "idiots," "dang."
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Gordy is essentially a sweet family comedy about a talking pig trying to save his family from the slaughterhouse and the friends he makes along the way, but it includes tearful scenes of child and parent (both animal and human) separation, the death of a grandparent, a mother with questionable parenting skills, and some peril. In an opening scene, a baby pig is separated from his mother, father, and siblings, who are implied to be sent to a slaughterhouse. In another scene, a young boy nearly drowns and is rescued. A grandparent passes away midway through the film, and throughout the movie, the boy's mother is portrayed as somewhat shallow, fame-seeking, and dim-witted. The movie also includes a kidnapping plot to toss the pig into the river and a brief fistfight. 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 zippy adventure about a talking pig's mission to find his family has a few fun elements: lively country music, a brush with fortune and fame, a bit of suspense, and comically dodged mishaps. Kids will no doubt be entertained by the talking animals, cute pigs, and loads of adventure.
Parents, however, should note the parent and child separation and the death of a grandparent as key concerns, as well as the scariness factor of the impending violence of the slaughterhouse, which is teased throughout the movie. If the audience is old enough to handle that potentially squeamish subject, Gordy is otherwise a passable 90 minutes of animal-talking antics.
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