Gordy

 
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Talking pig adventure with a bit of a scare.
  • Review Date: January 22, 2013
  • Rated: G
  • Genre: Family and Kids
  • Release Year: 1995
  • Running Time: 90 minutes

What parents need to know

Educational value

Some information about farms and farm animals, but mostly this is an entertainment-oriented movie.

Positive messages

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.

Sexy stuff

A man and woman flirt throughout the film and kiss at its conclusion.

Language

Insulting language is used in a few instances, plus some slang: "idiots," "dang."

Consumerism
Not applicable
Drinking, drugs, & smoking
Not applicable

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.

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What's the story?

A talking pig named GORDY must find his mother, father, and five siblings before they meet an untimely end at the slaughterhouse. Along the way, he finds friends in an up-and-coming singer, Jinnie Sue, her father Luke, and cousin Jake (Green Acres' Tom Lester), and a young boy named Hanky, and dodges foes such as a scheming business manager set on getting rid of him at any cost.

Is it any good?

QUALITY
 

This fast-moving adventure about a talking pig's mission to find his family has a few fun elements -- some lively country music, a brush with fortune and fame, a bit of suspense, and lots of 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.

Families can talk about...

  • Families can talk about friendship. Gordy makes friends and enemies in his search for his family. What does he learn about friendship along the way?

  • The role of fame and fortune comes up often in Gordy. How do different characters react to fame and fortune in the movie?

  • What can you do to help animals in trouble in your community?

Movie details

Theatrical release date:May 12, 1995
DVD release date:June 4, 2002
Cast:Deborah Hobart, Doug Stone, James Donadio, Kristy Young, Tom Lester
Director:Mark Lewis
Studio:Miramax
Genre:Family and Kids
Topics:Horses and farm animals, Misfits and underdogs
Run time:90 minutes
MPAA rating:G

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Adult Written byadvocatewhat'sright May 27, 2013
 

Cute and cuddly pig film

Gordy may not be a masterpiece, but so what? I know Babe is the better pig film from the same year, but Gordy is still really cute, cuddly, and loveable. The film contains solid messages about friendship and family, and kids can learn about public relations, advertising, and what a CEO is/does. The violent moments are less scary than they were in, say, The Nightmare Before Christmas, and there is also a good balance of humor and country music to soften it up a little. If Gordy had come out more recently (especially after critical failures like The Hangover Part III and The Host), had better publicity, a bigger budget, and better talking animal effects, it could have become MUCH more successful from critics and audiences, and made more money. The country music in the movie is also solid. Gordy is available to watch on Netflix. 7.75/10 UPDATE ON AUGUST 1: I have changed my mind. Gordy is no longer a 4 star film. It's 5 stars! Why? Because I just watched the latest episode of Nick's newest failure, The Haunted Hathaways! Gordy is now as good as Charlotte's Web in comparison! And T.U.F.F. Puppy is as good as Old SpongeBob!
What other families should know
Educational value
Great messages
Great role models
Too much violence
Parent of a 17 and 17 year old Written bypoppinsfan August 14, 2015
 
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