Parents' Guide to

The Wild Life

By Sandie Angulo Chen, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 6+

Forgettable talking-animal adventure has some scares.

Movie PG 2016 90 minutes
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A Lot or a Little?

What you will—and won't—find in this movie.

Community Reviews

age 10+

Based on 4 parent reviews

age 4+

I couldn't get past 30 minutes of it

OK so I love most kids movies and will probably watch them over and over again with my siblings but this is a exception of that this is a terrible movie and I could not get past the first 30 minutes of it so much effort for so little outcome it's sad really

This title has:

Too much violence
age 10+

not what the trailer advertised

above all the dog being murdered my the cats, drinking, talking about murder and killing it was not as advertised. I did love the human/animal relationship and the friendship between robin and the parrot. the female cat has kitten and trains them to be murderous villains. fists fights were the lighter part. I let my child watch looney toons so Im not a crazy mother who lets my 4 year old only watch rainbows and butterflies. would not recommend this for younger children.

This title has:

Too much violence
Too much drinking/drugs/smoking

Is It Any Good?

Our review:
Parents say (4):
Kids say (5):

Forgettable and bland, with only a couple of truly swashbuckling sequences, this animated adventure will amuse only the youngest moviegoers, but not most Pixar-spoiled older kids or adults. Although the storyline of The Wild Life is coherent and easy for even the youngest kids to understand, it's also boring and poorly executed, with some pretty big holes. (How did Mak and all of his friends end up on the island if there aren't others of their species there? What's the deal with the gold ring that pops up a couple of times, then disappears?) Yes, there are a couple of adventurous scenes -- like the big, climactic battle between Robinson/his animal squad and the army of vengeful cats -- but it's too little, too late.

There are so many options in family entertainment these days that, even with its faults, The Wild Life definitely doesn't rank among the worst -- but that doesn't mean it's worth the cost of admission. The creepy cats aren't particularly compelling villains, and Mak and his animal friends, while cute, aren't anywhere near as engaging as the characters in Zootopia or as funny as those in The Secret Life of Pets. For a movie night in with the under-7 set, this is a fine boredom cure, but The Wild Life isn't likely to entertain older kids -- and certainly not parents.

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