Parents' Guide to

Willy's Wonderland

By JK Sooja, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 16+

Silly, gory fight against evil is violent; language, drugs.

Movie NR 2021 88 minutes
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A Lot or a Little?

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

Community Reviews

age 15+

Based on 10 parent reviews

age 16+

Horror paced as a comedy

You shouldn't show this to kids. This is a 16+ movie since there is a lot of gore and adult themes. But... it's also the funniest horror movie I've ever seen. Everything Nick Cage brings is either pure action star or comedic genius. It's amazing
age 15+

It’s just alright

It is not appropriate for 10 year olds for sure. It has this sex scene that it flips back to at least 3 times. You think it’s over and the movie goes into another scene then, boom, it flips right back to the sex. It’s forcing you to watch it, even if just for a few seconds. That is the reason I find it inappropriate for young viewers. It does have a lot of bad language and gore as well.

Is It Any Good?

Our review:
Parents say (10 ):
Kids say (32 ):

The unserious but seriously played drama in this horror-comedy is paced quickly, revels in its violence, and showcases Nicolas Cage's "rage" in notably fun and playful ways. While it's not a great movie by any means, Willy's Wonderland takes advantage of a novel concept and delivers straightforward, goofy, gory action. Thematically, this film closely resembles the Five Nights at Freddy's video game series, except here, Willy (a weasel) is the leader of the terrifying and homicidal animatronic bunch of creatures instead of Freddy (a bear). The main character, the Janitor (Cage), doesn't even speak a word, which mirrors how video game main characters often don't speak themselves in video games. Even further, Cage's character methodically and mechanically takes breaks at dedicated intervals, just like a video game might do. These nods are for fans of the genre, and many will appreciate the silly parallels.

But of course, there are logical flaws, and questions mount throughout like, "Why is he locked in the building?" and "Why don't these teens just fight back?" and "Why is Janitor not thrown at all by animatronic creatures coming to life?" Indeed, the Janitor simply goes about his work, cleaning up the place, hilariously killing murderous animatronic monsters along the way. This movie is definitely not for everyone, but some older teens may be amused.

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