A lot or a little?
The parents' guide to what's in this movie.
What 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?
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.
Talk to your kids 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?
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- In theaters: May 12, 1995
- On DVD or streaming: 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
- Last updated: March 13, 2020
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