Gordy

Movie review by
Tracy Moore, Common Sense Media
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Talking pig adventure with a bit of a scare.
  • G
  • 1995
  • 90 minutes

Parents say

age 6+
Based on 2 reviews

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A lot or a little?

The parents' guide to what's in this movie.

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 & Representations

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
Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

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.

User Reviews

  • Parents say
  • Kids say
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 fi... Continue reading
Parent of a 17 and 17 year old Written bypoppinsfan August 14, 2015

A wholesome family movie, but a bit dark

I was not a fan of the scary slaughterhouse scenes. I also don't like country music. But this is a wholesome family film overall. Just watch out for the vi... Continue reading

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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?

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

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