The Angry Birds Movie

Movie review by
Yvonne Condes, Common Sense Media
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Silly, frenetic, sometimes-crude 'toon based on popular app.
  • PG
  • 2016
  • 97 minutes

Parents say

age 10+
Based on 34 reviews

Kids say

age 7+
Based on 77 reviews

A lot or a little?

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

Educational Value

Intended to entertain rather than educate, but there are mild lessons about taking responsibility and not judging others.

Positive Messages

Don't judge people before you know their story. Everyone has something to offer society. It's important to take responsibility for your actions.

Positive Role Models & Representations

A mixed bag. Main character Red punches and mocks people, destroys things, and has a bad attitude. But even though no one believes him and he has no friends, he still acts bravely and fights to save the island and rescue the eggs. The eagle is a cowardly blowhard who pees in the Lake of Wisdom, but he eventually comes around and helps save the day. Even though there are many birds and pigs, there's only one main female character. The king of the pigs lies, steals, and destroys. 

Violence & Scariness

Chase scenes, explosions, and birds being thrown into buildings. Birds and pigs are punched, kicked (including a baby bird), and shoved. Eggs are kidnapped and almost dropped into boiling water; parents cry about the lost eggs. A door opens to show twin pigs in matching outfits that say "redrum." Piggy planes attack birds. Red says to remember him when he's gone, and at one point it seems he might be dead. A bird couple cries when they think their egg has died.

Sexy Stuff

An eagle looks through a telescope at a bird taking a bath. When the birds are kidnapped, a bird says they can be replaced and suggests that "ladies get busy" laying eggs. Plungers are attached to a pig's chest, and the pig shakes them like breasts. It's pointed out that the pigs are naked. Two birds flirt and snuggle.

Language

No actual swearing, but stand-ins like "pluck my life," plus insults like "idiot" and "weirdos" and quite a few "butt" jokes.

Consumerism

Angry Birds is based on the wildly popular app that already has tons of merchandise associated with it, including clothing, toys, and much more.

Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

A bird is in a bar and says, "drinks on me." There's a party scene where everyone is drinking out of coconuts. A wine bottle is in a gift basket. A subtle drug reference. Birds suck on helium balloons.

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that The Angry Birds Movie is a loud, silly, sometimes crude -- and sometimes funny -- animated film based on the popular app. The main character, Red (Jason Sudeikis), is truly an angry bird: He tries to exist in polite society, but his bad attitude won't let him, so he's forced into anger-management class. As you might expect, there are plenty of scenes of birds being kicked, punched, and hurled through the air, as well as explosions. Eggs are stolen from their parent birds and put in peril, and their parents are visibly upset. There's also some drinking (out of coconuts, etc.) and few sexual situations/innuendoes (which will likely go over many kids' heads), including an unpleasant Peeping Tom scene. Language includes "idiot," "weirdos," quite a few "butt" jokes, and cursing stand-ins like "pluck my life." Although there's only one main female character, the movie has some messages about taking responsibility and not judging others. But mostly its goal is to be funny -- putting it squarely in the category of movies that kids will like and parents will tolerate.

User Reviews

  • Parents say
  • Kids say
Parent of a 13 year old Written byMsB423 May 21, 2016

Inappropriate Humor

Save your money. This was pretty awful. At one point "Red" says, "Pluck my life..." Seriously. That is just too close to profanity for m... Continue reading
Adult Written bytomtormey May 21, 2016

Angry Birds

If you're going into this animated film based on a phone app (first of its kind) and you're expecting an Oscar worthy movie you're going to be di... Continue reading
Teen, 16 years old Written byMovieMan205 May 20, 2016

Is this movie appropriate?

There are a few scenes that questioned if this movie was appropriate. First off there was a scene where the mighty eagle was "bird watching". You se... Continue reading
Kid, 5 years old May 23, 2016

funny birds

i think it is a good stories that is for kids

What's the story?

Red (voiced by Jason Sudeikis) is a lonely bird with a terrible temper. He loses his cool and ends up in anger-management classes, where he meets a group of misfits: Chuck (Josh Gad), Bomb (Danny McBride), Matilda (Maya Rudolph), and Terence (Sean Penn). When their tranquil island of flightless birds is invaded by green piggy explorers, it's up to the birds to get in touch with their anger and save the day.

Is it any good?

There's a little bit of a moral about being inclusive, but that's not why this movie was made: It's about angry outbursts, birds catapulting through the air, and big explosions. Still, for a movie based on an app, ANGRY BIRDS has a lot of story to it. You'll learn why the birds are so angry and what led to their ongoing war with the green pigs. It takes a while to get to that war, but once it does, the movie has plenty of action.

And while this certainly isn't the best animated buddy comedy, its also not terrible. The animated world that's been created is fun to look at, and there are some funny scenes -- although a good bit of it is rude humor. The cast is really good, especially Sudeikis, Rudolph, and Gad (who's more or less doing a slightly edgier version of Olaf). The set-up is a little slow, but the end is all action. And you don't need to know anything about the game to understand what's going on. Bottom line? Little kids might find it too loud, with too many pratfalls and explosions, and parents might find it a little annoying. But elementary schoolers who know the game will be entertained.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about how the cartoon action in Angry Birds compares to others you've seen. Does this kind of violence have more or less impact than what's in live-action movies? Why?

  • Red lashes out at others and isolates himself because he doesn't feel like he fits in. Have you ever felt that way? What did you do? What are some more constructive ways to behave when kids -- or adults -- aren't kind to you?

  • Red urges the birds to get mad and fight for their children. Do you think it's ever OK to fight?

  • Some of the birds use words that sound like swear words. Do you think that's OK? Get tips on talking to kids about swearing.

  • Red makes fun of a family for having a wheat allergy and ordering a gluten-free cake. Do you have allergies -- or friends with allergies? Are you (or they) ever made of fun of because of it? How do you handle it?

Movie details

For kids who love animated adventures

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