Parents' Guide to

Hell & Back

By Jeffrey Anderson, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 18+

Incredibly vulgar, unfunny animated movie; don't bother.

Movie R 2015 86 minutes
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What you will—and won't—find in this movie.

Community Reviews

age 15+

Based on 4 parent reviews

age 12+

The best movie

Hell and back is a great awesome movie

This title has:

Too much swearing
1 person found this helpful.
age 18+

Terrible and not funny

I saw this movie in theatres thinking it would good. And it sucks! It’s not funny at all and it’s also extremely inappropriate. Over 100 F words and some N words and loads of sexual content.

This title has:

Too much sex
Too much swearing

Is It Any Good?

Our review:
Parents say (4):
Kids say (13):

It's a wonder how this stinker of a script -- packed with foul language, sex references, and scatological jokes -- attracted such a strong cast in the first place. And the finished film is no better. Presumably inspired by such filthy, funny features as South Park: Bigger, Longer & Uncut (1999) and Team America: World Police (2004), HELL & BACK desperately clings to swearing and bodily functions for its humor, and it emerges with not a single laugh.

The stop-motion animation is colorful and must have taken a great deal of work, but the result still looks rushed and cheap. The characters fall completely flat; no friendship or teamwork seems to exist between the "friends," and, really, it's hard to care much about any of these awful characters. (If anything, Odenkirk's devil is probably, ironically, the most appealing character.) Not even Miller whose voice work in Big Hero 6 and the How to Train Your Dragon movies is so lovable, can help here.

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