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A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this movie.
Gromit's goal is to protect Wallace from danger. He does everything he can, including risking his own safety to help his friend. Piella's dog chooses to stand up to her owner and fight against evil, thanks to the support of Gromit.
Positive Role Models
Gromit is the role model in this film. He's loyal, smart, moral, and a good friend.
Violence & Scariness
The premise is that a serial killer is loose and threatening the main characters. Both Wallace and Gromit face serious peril, always downplayed with slapstick humor.
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
Romance between Wallace and Piella is central to the movie, and a bit scary because viewers know she's dangerous. Funny romance montage includes ceramic wheel scene from Ghost. Gromit finds love with Piella's dog.
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Villian says "hates."
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that this British claymation movie delves into some darker themes, but with slapstick humor and even a bit of pathos. One main character gets involved with a deceptive love interest while the other hunts for a serial killer. In an attempt to fight off the killer, the main characters endure tense moments, including being kidnapped and threatened by a bomb. To stay in the loop on more movies like this, you can sign up for weekly Family Movie Night emails.
Is It Any Good?
Like other offerings from director Nick Park, this movie's offbeat and dark humor sets it apart from other more mainstream titles. The wild contraptions, unlikely capers, and death-defying stunts make for a high-energy, witty comedy with quirky details that can appeal to both adults and children. A MATTER OF LOAF AND DEATH tips its hat to classic noir films, beginning with the opening scene where a mysterious attacker sneaks up behind a clueless baker and dispatches the man with a swift (offscreen) whack to the head. Fans of Wallace and Gromit's other work will find this movie chock full of the usual quirky humor, like Wallace's appreciation for the tea Gromit poured from the nozzle of a gas pump: "Lovely cuppa, Gromit. But with a slight diesel-ly aftertaste." However, some of the less obvious concepts in the film might trouble more sophisticated viewers, like the murderer's motive -- resentment toward bakers for weight gain.
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