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A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this movie.
"Amid all of the suggestive humor are messages about teamwork, training, and believing in yourself. Rolo learns to rely on his friends, learn from mentors, and have faith in his own abilities."
Positive Role Models
"Rolo is surrounded by friends and family who love and support him. His mother, his mentors and coach, and his love interest, Di, all believe in him, even when he doesn't believe in himself. Rolo must find the courage to stop doubting himself so he can find his voice and protect the farm." Some comic stereotyping of the elderly and hard-of-hearing.
Violence & Scariness
"The movie opens with the story of a scary matronly woman who's about to fry some eggs; she has big, scary teeth. A group of vultures tries to swoop down and kidnap the main character and his friends. Several cockfights show the roosters pecking and punching each other. A mafia boss threatens to send a rooster/chicken/eggs to the roaster/butcher. A human farmer with a gun threatens people at a fight. An elderly farmer hits a man with her purse, which has a brick in it." A lengthy climactic boxing match with lots of punches and knockdowns. Slapstick jeopardy throughout includes falls, bonks, knockouts.
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
A chicken and a rooster kiss a couple of times, and two eggs kiss (with their tongues) twice. Lots of jokes refer to attraction, flirtation, sexiness. Occasional comic sexual innuendo passes between characters (some double meanings such as "cock-a-doodle-doo"), mostly delivered in throwaway lines. A giant has comically drawn "heaving" breasts. The ring girl at the boxing match is a gargantuan parody with enormous breasts.
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Some insult humor ("you trash can with wings," "booger," "idiot"), "butt." Some farts and poop jokes. "Bastardo" is seen on a sign. Some suggestive, double-meaning looks.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Huevos: Little Rooster's Egg-Cellent Adventure is the English-language version of the very funny, animated Un Gallo Con Muchos Huevos, reviewed by Sandie Angulo Chen in its original subtitled Spanish language. MPAA rated this new offering PG as opposed to its earlier PG-13, as some of the racier dialogue appears to have been toned down for English-speaking audiences. Still, some may take offense at the two eggs who tongue-kiss and the voluptuous breasts of a female giant. New fans will appreciate the references to and parodies of other classic American films (Rocky, The Godfather, The Karate Kid), as well as the very current rock and rap music. Per Ms. Chen's review: "Although many of the jokes will go over the heads of younger viewers, the mild sexual innuendo makes this comedy more appropriate for middle schoolers and up, rather than younger audiences. In addition to suggestive jokes, there's violence in the form of cockfighting (which, though illegal in the States, is a traditional, legal sport in Mexico), vultures swooping down to kidnap farm animals, and gun violence (no one is shot). And there's some insult language. But despite its racier material, the movie offers positive messages about teamwork, friendship, and self-confidence." The DVD includes both the English- and Spanish-language versions of the movie. To stay in the loop on more movies like this, you can sign up for weekly Family Movie Night emails.
Is It Any Good?
American director Melanie Simka has done a wonderful job of reworking the original film by Mexican directors Gabriel Riva, Palacio Alatriste, and Rodolfo Riva. Lots of laugh-out-loud moments and creative homages to earlier classic movies will satisfy audiences who appreciate character-based humor, parody, inventiveness, and well-done slapstick jeopardy. English-language voice actors are uniformly terrific. Each character has its own unique voice and look. Other than the overlong, climactic boxing match and the inclusion of some of the "racier" references, this film works on every level. It has been well-served by the many people in two countries who made it.
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